Speeches

Government must assist stranded Aussies

All Australians need to have confidence that there is a system in place that is sensible, transparent, properly resourced and fair, and the government needs to do a lot more to assist stranded and vulnerable citizens.

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Hydrogen fuel technology

In Australia, we have some of the best renewable energy conditions on the planet and we should be a top-of-the-tree, state-of-the-art player when it comes to green hydrogen, but, needless to say, that’s difficult when you have a government that underrates and undermines renewable energy at every turn.

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In honour of World War II service: Bill Cork

On Saturday 15 August we marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, a conflict that involved enormous suffering and sacrifice.

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Committee Report: Delegation to India

It was particularly useful with respect to learning about India’s energy challenges and achievements, which I think would surprise a lot of people in Australia. For example, India already derives a substantially higher proportion of its energy from renewable sources than we do here in Australia.

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Committee Report: Transparency in Carbon Emissions Accounting

At present, Australia’s system of greenhouse gas accounting and reporting is structured to be in compliance with agreements that flow from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Product Stewardship (Oil) Amendment Bill 2020

In another area of Australian life, if a person found a loophole in a legal definition so they could claim single-parent payments when they weren’t a single parent or a disability payment when they didn’t have a disability, we wouldn’t be sanguine about that. We wouldn’t say, ‘That’s clever; good on you for figuring that out and going down that path.’ I’m pretty sure I know how that would be treated in the mainstream media.

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Indigenous heritage protection woefully inadequate

The bottom line is the protection of Indigenous cultural heritage in Australia is woefully inadequate. There is no effective national protection framework. I’m not sure we needed the Juukan Gorge tragedy to tell us that.

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Live sheep export must end

It took this government six years to acknowledge and fix their mistake in removing Labor’s reform, to create an Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports, but with all their talk of imposing proper regulation on an industry that has been a serial offender in terms of committing gross and grave animal welfare failures, there is let-off after let-off after let-off that follows breach after breach after failure.

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We can do better on childcare

In my electorate of Fremantle, there are 75 childcare facilities that provide early education to nearly 6,000 families and 7½ thousand children. Many of these families are dealing with the acute economic impacts of the coronavirus, and those impacts have been hardest on low-income families and hardest on women.

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Labor’s plain tobacco packaging win

Mr Wilson (1:30pm) – Deputy Speaker, we should celebrate the fact that Australia has won the case at the World Trade Organisation in relation to our plain packaging tobacco reforms introduced by Julia Gillard in 2012.

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