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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE RELIEF PACKAGE

Around one million families are set to receive free child care during the coronavirus pandemic under a plan from the Morrison Government that will help deliver hip pocket relief and help the early childhood education and care sector make it through to the other side of this crisis. Under the plan, the Government will pay…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19):

For up to date informaiton please visit australia.gov.au IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE Australian governments are focused on working together to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to save lives. It is likely that we will be living with this virus for at least six months, so social distancing measures to slow this virus down must be…

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Nuclear – The Future of Australia’s Energy

The Environment and Energy committee, of which I am a member, has been undertaking an inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia. The inquiry’s first recommendation is that nuclear energy be considered as part of Australia’s future energy needs. This is a very measured and sensible recommendation, as are all the recommendations. ‘It…

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DROUGHT RELIEF

I urge farmers to seek help and find out what assistance they may be eligible for. Please do not self-assess your eligibility – seek advice from an expert at the Deptartment of Human Services on 13 23 16 or the Rural Financial Counselling Service on 1800 686 175.  Visit www.farmhub.org.au for detailed information on all services and support…

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STEP UP IN DROUGHT BUDGET SUPPORT

Our pastoralists across the Goldfields and Southern Rangelands are currently experiencing some of their toughest seasons on record. Until recently those farmers have not put up too much of a fuss about their worsening predigament as they have acknowledged the severe conditions over east. But now the situation for some is becoming just as dire…

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Safer and Better Roads for O’Connor

As previous speakers have mentioned, we lose far too many people on our roads. In Western Australia, with the enormous distances that we travel, we see a disproportionate number of people lose their lives on country roads. The road toll in Western Australia reflects that around 50 per cent of the people who die on…

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Activists face jail

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson has welcomed new laws that will protect farming families from activist invasions. The Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) 2019 introduces new offences for using the internet to incite trespass, theft or property damage on agricultural land. “Militant animal activists have invaded farms across the country trespassing, threatening and harassing…

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PROMOTION FOR MP

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson has been promoted with a new important role in Parliament. “It was an honour when Speaker of the House Tony Smith asked me to be one of the acting deputy speakers of the Federation Chamber. “I’ve already completed my first duties during the last sitting week and enjoyed the…

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Independent live export inspector Bill passes Senate

Exporters, farmers and communities can have confidence in the welfare of livestock exported from O’Connor after a Bill to establish an independent Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports passed the Senate. Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the announcement was welcome news for the industry. “Our farmers have earnt a reputation of treating their animals…

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.