Speeches

Morrison Government is coming for your superannuation

Superannuation is good for each of us. It is good for all of us. It gives people a dignified and secure retirement. It is the basis of our national savings and our capacity to invest in important national infrastructure.

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Philippine trade union rights

All the best things we’ve achieved – democracy, equality, egalitarianism, anti-discrimination, peace, and freedom – all these things have been fought for, campaigned for, and bit by bit achieved or improved or protected with the efforts and principled commitment of organised labour; by unionists and their representatives in the union movement.

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Foreign Investment Reform Bill 2020

At a time when we reflect on matters of national security and broad public wellbeing, countries have an interest in ensuring that appropriate regard is given to how we own and control certain essential parts of our economy and our public service delivery world, and that has been true here in Australia.

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Abolishing the Family Law Court risks harm to vulnerable women and children

No-one would say that the existing system is perfect, of course it’s not—there isn’t any system that’s perfect—and there are always ways in which reform can be considered, but you have to ensure that the reform that you’re thinking about actually addresses the problems that exist. There is nothing in any of the evidence that suggests that abolishing or dissolving the Family Court will deal with some of the problems that have identified, such as delay. None of the five reports listed on the Attorney-General’s website as informing this bill actually recommend the change that the government is making.

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Environment Minister must protect the environment

If it’s too much to ask that the government do their job when it comes to environmental protection, they could try to stop actively making it worse: stop cutting resources to the environment department; stop weakening our environmental protection framework; stop ignoring the reality of climate change; and stop undermining the efforts of Australia’s scientists and conservation sector.

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Government should show compassion for asylum seekers

The government can accept the opportunity to resettle asylum seekers in New Zealand. It can choose to allow Priya and Nades and their children to come home to Biloela. I ask them to do that. It doesn’t need to be a Christmas miracle. At the end of a dark year, it could simply be an act of grace, a gesture of common sense and compassion.

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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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