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Seafarers and our ports deserve better

Mr Wilson (1:17pm) — The stated intention of the Transport Security Amendment (Serious or Organised Crime) Bill 2016 is to make our ports and airports safer to the extent that it changes the approach to regulating the maritime security identity card and the aviation security identity card—the MSIC and ASIC—respectively. It has to be said at […]

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Barnett’s achievements: debt and unemployment

Mr Wilson (4:25pm) — I am glad to have this opportunity to speak about the government’s failure to protect workers and the social and economic consequences of that failure. I am not glad to speak about the circumstances that prevail currently in Western Australia, because the reality is Western Australia is in a recession. We have […]

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Dear Minister: Take action to stop the waste and damage of Roe 8

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Barging Barnett above the law in Wild West

“The decision to start work now is totally unnecessary and totally ridiculous. It is a cynical, political manoeuvre in the shadow of an election with a High Court decision pending that could invalidate the Barnett government’s dodgy environmental approval.  The Roe 8 project presents a tipping point in the life of our community— it is […]

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Provisions in TPP expose Australia to unnecessary risk

I thank the Chair, the member for Fadden, for the way he guided us through the process and, of course, my fellow Labor members of the committee for the way they approached the evidence and the submissions that we received in hearings. The report enables ratification of the TPP to occur, and that report was […]

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Marine Parks deserve better than Government’s windback and delay

That this House: notes that in 2012, following a comprehensive and rigorous process, the then Labor Government declared 40 marine parks in Commonwealth waters, creating the world’s first and largest comprehensive national network of marine parks; notes with concern that there is increasing pressure on Australia’s marine environment, as indicated by frequent and severe bleaching […]

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Global ban on nuclear weapons essential

Mr Wilson (7:49pm) — I take this opportunity to reflect on an aspect of President Obama’s leadership that may well be sorely missed in the near future, especially if countries like Australia are not prepared to act more conscientiously on the issue of nuclear disarmament. Earlier this year, President Obama presided over the fourth Nuclear Security […]

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Mahon’s republic injustice continues

On 11 November 1920, Hugh Mahon, who was originally the member for the Federation seat of Coolgardie, and subsequently the member for Kalgoorlie, was expelled from his place in the House of Representatives. His seat was declared vacant and he lost the by-election that followed. As a new member, I am thankful to say I […]

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Remembrance Day Statement

Every town in Australia has its own story and its own personal connection to the terrible conflicts of war, and today we honour and renew that personal connection. As we continue to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC, I would also like to recognise the significant anniversary of 100 years since the Battle of Pozieres and […]

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Value capture and public transport in Fremantle

They also bear the heaviest travel burden in both time and cost. Our challenge is to avoid further unnecessary sprawl and to provide much better public transport and to do so at a time when capital for infrastructure funding is tight. In that sense, it is a familiar problem, and we have wrestled with it […]

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