Speeches

Australia’s waste is up, recycling down in latest accounts

This month’s data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Waste Account shows that Australia’s waste and recycling performance has worsened at a time when the Morrison Government claims to be showing national and global leadership.

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Morrison Government skilled in art of doing nothing

What matters is what’s happening or not happening for the Australian community. And what we see is a falling share of Australia’s productive value for working people, a growing digital divide because of the hopeless NBN that’s going to make life more difficult for those in rural and regional Australia and those facing socio economic disadvantage; virtually no progress on homelessness; no meaningful progress when it comes to closing the gap; a failed environmental protection framework.

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Protecting democratic freedom is vital

I waited to hear protests from the great champions on that side of free speech, the great champions on that side of the need for Australian parliamentarians to speak freely about conflict resolution and human rights in other parts of the world. But you know what? I did not hear a single squeak.

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Heritage protection an all-round failure

The Minister needs to explain how from now going forward, if ever traditional owner calls her office, it doesn’t end up being a case of them being told you will get a phone call back from an advisor who’s on leave, who doesn’t get contacted, who never makes that phone call.

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South metro light rail a smart investment

It’s absolutely time to get on with better east-west public transport links that give people cheaper, lower-carbon transport options, and will catalyse urban revitalisation along the way.

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Arts sector key to COVID19 recovery

The Minister should know that creative industries ought to be a foundation block in the broad task of building new jobs and even new export opportunities in the future. And yet the government treats the sector, the businesses and the workers in the sector with disregard and neglect.

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NAIDOC Week 2020: Always was, always will be

In addition to celebration this week is an opportunity to focus on how much further we can go; how much further we should and we must go – walking together on the path of reconciliation and respect; the path to full and equal social and economic inclusion the life of this country for First Nations people.

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Australia must engage on nuclear disarmament

Australia has a strong tradition of leading work to limit the danger of nuclear weapons, but traditions need to be maintained and renewed. Diplomatic efforts on that front should be more purposeful and better resourced. We should regain our position as a country that is prepared to be out of step with the status quo in the cause of peace.

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Government has no credibility on environment

We cannot keep putting our environment, our native plants and animals, into profit-yielding stress positions in the name of striking a ‘balance’. We’re in a situation of stark imbalance right now. And it’s getting worse.

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Government playing politics with shipbuilding jobs

This government is making a horrible mess of Defence shipbuilding – it is delays and cost buyouts as far as the eye can see. It is crumbs from the table for Australian companies that want to be involved in this work. And that puts our sovereign shipbuilding and sustainment capacity at risk. It puts the jobs of Australian shipbuilders and seafarers at risk and for WA it is nothing but broken promises.

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