Speeches

Australian aid saves lives

Mr Wilson (4:10pm) — I’m glad to speak in support of the amendment to the Official Development Assistance Multilateral Replenishment Obligations (Special Appropriation) Bill 2019 moved by the member for Shortland and shadow minister for international development. And I’m glad to follow some very fine contributions from the members for Perth, Jagajaga and Sydney. Like […]

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Family violence a blight on our society

Mr Wilson (1:39pm) — It’s terrible to think that, for all women in Australia and elsewhere, the threat of physical and sexual violence is never far away. The most awful events reach out and shock us—as occurred last week. The fact that men whose family relationships ought to be characterised by love and by care at […]

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Nuclear myth-making is a dangerous distraction

Mr Wilson (4:00pm) — I’m glad to make some comments on the tabling of this Environment and Energy Committee report, which covers the inquiry we were tasked with by the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction to look into the prerequisites for a nuclear power industry in Australia. I should be absolutely clear at the outset, […]

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Bushfires Australia’s first national climate change disaster

Mr Wilson (5:27pm) — I’m glad to join with colleagues across the parliament in reflecting on a terrible and unprecedented summer of bushfires. The summer will be remembered as Australia’s first national climate change disaster. It has occurred on a scale never seen before. It has exacted a brutal toll. It reinforces the fact that Australia […]

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Sports rorts fiasco shows Morrison Government’s contempt

Mr Wilson (1:46pm) — When the Prime Minister pretends there’s nothing wrong with a sports rorts fiasco, he is treating Australians like idiots. Every member of the government who parrots the line that all clubs who received a grant were eligible is treating their community members like idiots. We teach kids in this country to play […]

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Condolence Reverend Garlett

Mr Wilson (1:32pm) — I take this opportunity to express gratitude for the life of Reverend Sealin Garlett, who died last week. Reverend Garlett was a Ballardong Whadjuk man of the Nyungar nation in Western Australia and a leader in my community. At the age of seven he was taken from his family, with two […]

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No plan Morrison ‘not panicking’ on struggling economy

Mr Wilson (3:56pm) — I think it’s fair to observe that there’s a substantial gulf between not panicking and being completely comatose. There’s substantial room for action between not panicking—which we’re being told the government is not doing every day—and just lying face down in the dirt. You can describe lying face down in the dirt, […]

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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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