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Labor’s plain tobacco packaging win

Mr Wilson (1:30pm) – Deputy Speaker, we should celebrate the fact that Australia has won the case at the World Trade Organisation in relation to our plain packaging tobacco reforms introduced by Julia Gillard in 2012.

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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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Live export exemption another failure

The fact that an exemption is even being considered is entirely the fault of the live exporters. Choosing to run a ship that was riddled with coronavirus so close to the deadline with no proper health or contingency planning is just another example of how the live sheep export industry operates. But why would it change when there is an endless supply of second chances?

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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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Environment grants a timely boost to local conservation

A number of endangered species and threatened ecological communities throughout the Fremantle electorate will benefit from much-needed local conservation efforts this winter, with support from the Communities Environment Programme.

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World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is the opportunity to consider the vital and essential role of oceans in sustaining life on our blue planet, and to recognise the harm we are doing to marine ecosystems and our climate through human impact.

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Josh Wilson calls on the government to help tradies in trouble

Housing construction work is about to fall off a cliff and the Morrison Government has no plan to help tradespeople in trouble.

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WA needs decision on subs

At a time when we are rightly focused on how to create greater self-reliance and sovereign capability, we cannot afford to risk WA’s proven shipbuilding and broader defence manufacturing sector. Indeed it should be strengthened so the long-held and logical ambition of a ‘two oceans’ strategy with two shipbuilding hubs can be realised for Australia’s benefit.

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What sort of world do we want now?

Nothing that I have seen in my life has swept through so widely and gravely, changing the way we live, and not just re-setting our horizon, but making the horizon hard to see.

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