Today (February 15) the House of Representatives passed the government package of legislation to amend the Private Health Insurance Rebate legislation.
In a press release this afternoon, Mr Slipper has expressed his regret in not being able to vote against the bill.
“While only two per cent of the Fisher Electorate may be affected by this legislation, I sincerely regret not being able to vote against this legislation today” stated Mr Slipper. “However as Speaker of the House of Representatives I do not have a deliberative vote.”
In 2009, Member for Fisher Peter Slipper made a powerful speech spelling out the disadvantage of having this legislation passed by the government.
“Being Speaker does however provide increased opportunities for me to be an effective member for Fisher and the Sunshine Coast” continued Mr Slipper. “For instance, I now have excellent access to ministers as illustrated by my recent achievement in securing the agreement of both the Federal and State Ministers for Infrastructure and Main Roads to go back to the drawing board for the Bruce Highway on/off ramps and the impending upgrade.
“I’ve also issued an invitation to the Chinese Ambassador and ambassadors to visit our region, meet with tourism leaders, and experience for themselves the unique and wonderful tourism options available for our Chinese and overseas guests.”
As the Independent Speaker in the Westminster Tradition, Mr Slipper has the ability to speak with all sides of parliament equally, allowing for more freedom to bring the issues of the Sunshine Coast to the attention of everyone.
“I remain committed to achieving positive and productive outcomes for the Sunshine Coast in my role as Independent Speaker” confirmed Mr Slipper.