Speeches

Execution of Phyo Zeya Thaw a crime against human rights

Zayar Thaw was executed this week. He was 41. His death is a tragedy and crime against human rights.

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Offshore rig decommissioning an opportunity for Australian jobs

This levy is a supportable and sensible means of ensuring the taxpayer does not pay for a very expensive mess that was created by some risky and I would say some questionable corporate conduct.

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More budget cuts for the environment

From the government that refuses to lift its pathetic emissions target even one inch, we now see our clean energy agencies cut by more than a third.

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Poor state of women’s sports facilities

The reality is that sports and community facilities for women and girls are generally abysmal, if they’re not absent altogether. And that’s not right. And it’s not fair. And to the extent that it means women have to change in the car, or outdoors, it is ludicrous, and it is unsafe.

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Freedom of belief doesn’t require discrimination

Mr Wilson (12:31am) – Thank you, Deputy Speaker, and I’m glad to make a contribution to the debate on these bills to which in their present form, I’m strongly opposed. There’s no question that the protection of fundamental freedoms and the fight against harmful discrimination are important causes. They deserve to be approached seriously, carefully […]

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Morrison’s NDIS locking most vulnerable out

Deputy Speaker, rather than working to strengthen the NDIS this government has removed the reasonable and necessary test, introduced independent assessments with a clear intention of restricting access, made it harder to appeal NDIS decisions, and explored other ways to push people off the NDIS and into less suitable mainstream services.

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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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