Speeches

Great Barrier Reef tourism support

Like the university sector and the arts and creative industries, our businesses and workers in the tourism and events sector are not seen for the true value of their contribution. The government’s economic response to the pandemic, unfortunately, reflects that blind spot.

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June Hutchison OAM

I cannot think of a better model of engaged and principled citizenship than June Hutchison. She influenced and inspired the civic participation of many people in my community over a long period of time and I’m very glad to be one of those people.

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Social license missing from Coalition’s nuclear push

If we know anything about nuclear technology, we know that it relies upon toxic radioactive material and it generates toxic radioactive waste. That’s why there are serious engineering challenges in relation to waste and that’s why there are quite legitimately very serious issues in relation to social licence around nuclear technology. People are wary of it, especially of nuclear waste, and they should be. We have to get towards a long-term disposal solution, and yet this bill raises two serious questions about how the government wants to take us there.

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Community rises to COVID-19 challenge

Nothing I’ve seen in my life has swept through as suddenly, changing the way we live and not just resetting our horizon but making the horizon hard to see.

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The NBN has left WA behind

But there is no doubt that WA got the worst allocation of the multi-technology mess. The dud technology within the NBN is the copper based fibre-to-the-node and WA has received the largest share of all the states. Nearly 60 per cent of our line broadband is delivered with copper. In Queensland, it is 39 per […]

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Morrison Government has gutted TAFE, apprenticeships

Mr Wilson (6:50pm) — I’m glad to speak about the importance of vocational training in Australia and about TAFE in particular. I have to say that the motion itself seems at odds with what’s actually going on in Australia. It seeks to superimpose a cheery picture over what in reality is a fairly bleak set of […]

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Aurora Australis a sensible buy for national emergency response

Mr Wilson (4:30pm) — It should be a no-brainer for a government that has otherwise ignored the serious decline in Australian shipping to look closely at the opportunity to secure the ongoing service of the Aurora Australis. As an island that is extraordinarily dependent on shipping capacity, it would be derelict to give up a ship […]

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Time for action not more rubbish talk

Mr Wilson (7:29pm) — Next week there will be the National Plastics Summit here in Parliament House. It was announced by the government on 30 December and, perhaps not surprisingly, didn’t catch a lot of attention at that time of the year. Any structured conversation on the question of plastic waste is welcome, but there’s a […]

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Ocean warming signals climate change harm

Mr Wilson (6:50pm) — I want to take this opportunity to speak up for the oceans and for all the life that depends on the health of our marine environment. That means all the plants and animals in the sea from whales to gobies to giant kelp to phytoplankton, and of course it includes all of […]

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Closing the Gap key to national wellbeing

…from basic standards of social inclusion, health care, educational attainment, economic opportunity, cultural respect and freedom from discrimination. We can’t be at peace with ourselves, because, one way or the other, that is the case for too many Indigenous Australians. As others have noted, within the seven key areas of marked disadvantage only two of […]

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