Speeches

Culture of silence aids domestic violence

Mr Wilson (12:49pm) — I’m glad to speak to this motion. I thank the member for Lilley for bringing it forward, and all members for contributing to what is a very important debate. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women reminds us that the struggle for women’s basic rights is acute and desperate, and […]

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Submarine work for WA in national interest

Mr Wilson (10:36am) — The government has a decision to make in terms of the full-cycle docking of the Collins class submarines. For Western Australia it will be a watershed decision that could literally be the difference between the development of a serious shipbuilding hub in WA and a scenario in which shipbuilding becomes a marginal feature […]

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Thriving tech sector would create innovation, jobs

Mr Wilson (5:09pm) — I’m glad to speak on this motion on the digital economy, and I thank the member for Gellibrand, the shadow minister for communications and cybersecurity, for bringing it forward. I can’t think of a person in the parliament, actually, who’s brought his interest and knowledge to this particular issue more consistently than […]

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Aged Care system failures diminish Australia

Mr Wilson (4:31pm) — We can test the values and standards that should be clearly visible in Australian life by looking at how we care for the most vulnerable members of our community, including many older Australians. Thirty per cent of people over 65 years of age rely on some form of aged care. That is […]

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Australia’s fuel insecurity

Mr Wilson (4:36pm) — I’m glad to make some comments on the tabling of Report 187, which covers six treaties. At the outset, I join the committee chair, the member for Wentworth, in recognising the work of the secretariat in supporting JSCOT through the process, and I thank the member for Wentworth for his comments about […]

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National leadership needed to solve waste crisis

Mr Wilson (7:30pm) — There is a waste crisis in Australia that has been brought into focus by the decision taken by China and other countries to stop receiving our plastic rubbish. The import ban has been driven by the recognition in China and elsewhere that a number of so-called recycling operations in those countries have […]

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Independent analysis key to good trade agreements

Mr Wilson (10:46am) — I’m glad to have the opportunity to speak on report 186 of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, which deals with two preferential trade agreements, the first with Hong Kong and the second with Indonesia. I’ll say something brief about each agreement in a minute, but I want to begin by making […]

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Liberals still snubbing the West

WA is a remarkable and distinctive place, as others have noted. With only 11 per cent of the population, it accounts for 42 per cent of Australia’s merchandise exports, 15 per cent of GDP and an incredible array of arts, cultural and sporting output. We need and deserve funding and policy support that’s specific to […]

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Sheep trade can thrive without live export

Mr Wilson (7:09pm) — I support the second reading amendment moved by the member for Hunter. In the great filing cabinet of Commonwealth law, the Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports Bill 2019 goes into the drawer marked ‘stupid mistakes with terrible consequences’. This bill recreates an Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports. Why? To provide oversight of […]

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Threatened species list continues to grow

Mr Wilson (4:25pm) — On 7 September in my electorate of Fremantle, and around Australia, we marked National Threatened Species Day. It’s always an important occasion because Australian species, both flora and fauna, are under threat. Indeed, since the time of European settlement, more than 130 species have disappeared. They are gone forever. And the list […]

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