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Honours for Australian storytelling efforts

I want to recognise the sustained effort that is required to craft and tell important Australian stories. I would like to particularly mention Meg McKinlay, who won the young adult fiction category with her book, A Single Stone. Meg is a writer and poet from Fremantle who has made a significant contribution through her art. I […]

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Port School a vital support for marginalised students

I think we would all recognise that schools do a lot more than simply teach a curriculum. All schools provide a broad social context; a kind of extended family in which children are connected to one another, are watched over and guided by teachers and other staff, and get to benefit from and contribute to […]

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Committee Report: The Paris Agreement

Mr Wilson (3:40pm) — by leave—I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to this report, which, as the member for Fadden described, covers the Paris climate agreement and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol. I acknowledge the work of the chair, the member for Fadden, the deputy chair, Senator Don Farrell from the other […]

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WA’s economy suffers from Coalition mismanagement

Mr Wilson (11:57am) — My colleague the member for Burt has this spot on. The Western Australian economy is facing conditions the likes of which we have not seen for a quarter century. The Western Australian government is in a terrible position to respond because it has run up an astounding debt balance without managing to […]

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NBN blamed for internet dropouts

Article in the Fremantle Herald Following a litany of excuses and no-shows by Telstra, Crackpots Marine Supplies owner Paul Tod resorted to hooking up a makeshift 4G mobile system to handle emails, faxes and phone calls at his new Forsyth Street premises. “It’s absolutely ridiculous,” he fumes, “two months before I moved in I paid […]

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We can make a transition out of live export

The people in my electorate live with the confronting reality of this trade, and I support the long-held view of the community I represent. I agree with animal welfare advocates who argue that sheep and cattle are simply not long-distance freight. We have seen countless incidents that show how live export is essentially incompatible with […]

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Centrelink should be the bedrock of care and social support

Yet under this government, from the time of its first budget, there has been a recklessness, verging on neglect, when it comes to those facing disadvantage in many areas, and Centrelink is probably chief among them. Every part of the social safety net and every part of the social contract has been squeezed and put […]

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Safe, affordable housing a basic human right

Mr Wilson (1:14pm) — I thank the member for Newcastle for bringing this motion and the other speakers, because affordable housing and homelessness do need attention at every level. It is an effort that must be led nationally and that is not happening at the moment. Of course it is especially relevant in Anti-Poverty Week. The […]

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Government has no mandate for Perth Freight Link

Mr Wilson (5:01pm) — I am glad to have an opportunity to speak on the appropriation bills, which should form the core of any government’s program and should really be the foundation of its vision and its purpose. They should be the blueprint for delivering good social and economic policy, for facing up to the social […]

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TPP trade deal: plain packaging challenge triggered ‘hysteria’, lawyer tells MPs

Article as printed in The Guardian.

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