Speeches

Voter ID law is voter suppression

Make no mistake, make no mistake, this bill is a cheap and nasty piece of self-interested, anti-democratic bastardry whose only purpose is to give this awful, hopeless, shameless, desperate, do-nothing, stand-for-nothing government a chance of squeaking back into office, squeaking back into office, while Australians have their democratic rights trampled over by the by the rorters and the wasters and the scandal-mongers of those opposite. It is disgusting

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Corporations Amendment worsens access to justice

All of the people with expertise in this field, who have an interest in the proper conduct and carriage of justice, and who have been advocates in the past for genuine reform that might address costs issues, have judged this to be an absolute lemon. It’s a dog with fleas, and yet here we are in the penultimate week of the parliamentary year, having this rushed through. It is designed to protect the interests of large corporate defendants. It is designed to make it harder for ordinary Australians, whether they’re their cattle farmers or women who are injured by a faulty medical device or people injured through asbestos or anything else, to make their opportunity to get fair and just compensation harder. It is a terrible piece of law and it should be rejected by this House.

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Dishonest, incompetent Morrison Government must go

In 2019, the Prime Minister ridiculed electric vehicles. Now he pretends that hydrogen only happened yesterday. The truth is the man who with every passing day piles untruth upon untruth in a kind of dishonest lasagne is trying to bury the falsehood from 2019 with a brand-new falsehood.

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Offshore wind power welcome but overdue

There is not any doubt that Australia needs leadership on climate change and energy, that we need relief from the burdens and the costs of climate change. We need the benefits of lower energy costs, reduced pollution and new jobs from the renewable energy and green tech economy. But all we get is an empty blue pamphlet and slogans.

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Juukan Gorge travesty could happen again tomorrow

When the action so far in response to the Juukan Gorge disaster has been the usual government gobbledygook about initiating consultation, and convening further meetings in the future, and better operationalizing existing departmental responsibilities, there’s not a lot of cause for hope.

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Morrison Government’s hollow trees promise

It is with bitter irony, therefore, perhaps with shamelessnesss, that the government has announced today new measures that apparently could unlock up to 100 million trees over the next decade. And it includes the hopeful note that this will contribute significantly towards the government’s 1 billion trees plan. Well, that would be something, wouldn’t it, considering the plan has so far delivered zero trees from 2018 to 2021. Four years and no trees, but today, we get another announcement. And what’s the bet it’ll be like all the other promises from this government.

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Customs Amendment (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) Bill 2021

When we enter into these agreements, in the interests of the Australian people, we should be looking to achieve trade and investment arrangements that are more fair, responsible and sustainable as well as more free, to overcome barriers that affect Australian producers both when it comes to tariffs and when it comes to non-tariff barriers.

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Future submarines program a shambles

Sadly, there’s nothing subtle about the raging bin fire that the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison submarine program has become. The reality is that right now Australia does not have a Future Submarine program. All we know for sure from the recent announcement is as follows: while our existing submarine capability is reaching the end of its operational life, there is no arrangement in place to address that looming capability gap.

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Reading vital to a full life

As we look back at the 10th annual Australian Reading Hour, which occurred last month, we should acknowledge that reading is one of the foundation stones of our educational and creative lives. We must support Australian writing to ensure our kids and their kids can see themselves and can hear our distinctive stories and greater diversity in the years to come.

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Australian government neglect aiding illegal fishing, woeful labour conditions

We generally don’t know the vessel or the country location, or the legality and authorization of the fishing activity or the compliance with basic workplace rights and safety conditions.

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