Selected Speeches


Newman Government damage to economy (Private Member’s Motion)

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Mr PITT (Mulgrave—ALP) (5.55 pm): There is no denying that the Newman government’s reckless slash-and-burn approach has slowed Queensland’s economy and increased unemployment. Back in 2012, the Premier was bizarrely claiming that he had saved 6,000 jobs by only axing 14,000 government workers instead of 20,000. However, it has since been revealed that this government […]

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Queensland economy weaker under LNP (Matter of Public Interest)

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Mr PITT (Mulgrave—ALP) (12.39 pm): On the weekend we saw more misleading spin from the Premier when he pledged a return to surplus. That return to surplus was already locked in by Labor for 2014-15, on the back of more than half a billion dollars in LNG royalties facilitated by the former Labor government. Labor […]

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Condolence Motion for the Honourable Wayne Goss

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Mr PITT (Mulgrave—ALP) (10.15 am): Madam Speaker, just as so many were, I was shocked to hear the news of the passing of Wayne Goss. So too were my mother and father. Wayne achieved some terrific reforms during his time as Premier. He was a true friend to the Pitt family. My father, Warren Pitt, […]

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Standard & Poor’s says asset sales not leases (Private Member’s Statement)

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Mr PITT (Mulgrave—ALP) (2.49 pm): We have seen yet another week of arrogance and outright deception from the Newman LNP government. I cannot let the opportunity pass without picking up on the Premier’s inane answer to a question this morning when he talked about what cars opposition members drove. The irony here is that I […]

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Fly-In Fly Out Workforce Policy (Private Member’s Motion)

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Mr PITT (Mulgrave—ALP) (6.06 pm): This motion was an opportunity for the Newman government to clear up finally its policy contradictions, its U-turns and internal squabbling that has been the hallmark of this government that is tearing the LNP asunder on the issue of 100 per cent fly-in fly-out workers. We know that before the […]

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Assets privatisation (Matter of Public Interest)

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Mr PITT (Mulgrave—ALP) (11.22 am): Since the last sitting of parliament, our radios and TVs have been saturated with pro-privatisation political propaganda at taxpayers’ expense to, quoting the Treasurer, ‘perpetuate a con on the people of Queensland’ to say that there are ‘no asset sales’. To have taxpayers funding advertising that says ‘no asset sales’ […]

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Debate of Committee Report: Estimates Format Trial 2014

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Mr PITT (Mulgrave—ALP) (11.17am): I rise to speak to this motion and join with my colleagues to suggest that the government tried something, has failed at that and of course is now running away with its tail between its legs. Earlier I heard the member for Gaven yell out something which I think was a little […]

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COGNATE: Appropriation Bill (No.2) and Appropriation (Parliament) Bill (No.2)

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Mr PITT (Mulgrave—ALP) (3.45 pm): At the outset, once again I congratulate the Treasurer for meeting his legal responsibilities under the Financial Accountability Act 2009 to table the Consolidated Fund Financial Report within 14 days of receipt from the Auditor-General. Well done, Treasurer, for once again meeting your minimum legislative requirements. The Treasurer’s introductory speech […]

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LNP Government’s economic performance (Private Member’s Motion)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Mr PITT (Mulgrave—ALP) (5.29 pm): I move that this House— notes that recently released data shows that the Newman government’s four pillars—agriculture, tourism, resources and construction—are underperforming; notes that as at September 2014, there were 8,400 fewer full-time jobs in Queensland on a trend basis than when the Newman government was elected in March 2013; […]

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Family Responsibilities Commission Bill

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Mr PITT (Mulgrave—ALP) (12.40 pm): I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill 2014 on behalf of the Labor opposition. At the outset I want to put on the record that the Labor opposition will not be opposing this bill. However, I will use my time today […]

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