Speeches

MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Freedom of Religion

March 20, 2017

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (16:30): It is not often I feel sorry for the LNP in this chamber, but when it comes to Senator Macdonald I actually do. We all know that the only reason Senator Macdonald was actually put back on the Senate ticket was that the LNP in Queensland were nervous about losing Herbert. The sad reality is that they put him back on the ticket—they did not want to put up with him but they put him back on the ticket becaus...

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BILLS - Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Amendment Bill 2017 - Second...

February 15, 2017

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (11:28): I stand here as a humble servant of the people of Queensland and Australia. It is always interesting to listen to Senator Roberts. The reality is that Senator Roberts is the ideological warrior for Senator Hanson. He pursues an anti-worker agenda wherever he can. They are going to be held to account for that in their electorate. That is the reality of this situation and that is what they are going to hav...

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Western Australian State Election

February 13, 2017

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (17:22): Now let's be absolutely clear. The key issue that has gone on in this debate is the lack of speakers from the Nationals. Not one of the Nationals has come in and talked about this issue. Imagine if this was 20 years ago. Ronnie Boswell would have come bustling through those doors and he would have been the first one to speak about this, condemning One Nation and leading the charge for the Nationals in Au...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Pauline Hanson's One Nation

February 13, 2017

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (15:16): What an extraordinary rant we just saw there from Senator Brandis. It goes to show that he misses the point of what this is all about. Once upon a time there were Liberals and Nationals in this chamber who were prepared to stand up and call Senator Hanson out when she was making racist and bigoted comments. That is not what we see from the Liberals and Nationals today. Instead we see the complete opposit...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Attorney-General

December 01, 2016

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (15:28): I too want to echo the sentiments of other senators in thanking the staff. As a new senator, I have found them particularly helpful, so it has been a really welcoming start. One of the things I am really disappointed with in starting in the Senate is that I thought I would be looking forward to hearing from one of Queensland's finest legal minds, but after five months I can report that I am bitterly disa...

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Building And Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, Building And Construction...

November 28, 2016

On 6 October this year there was an incident in my home state that shows that safety on a worksite is more than just a political plaything for those opposite. I can remember where I was when I received the news. I was travelling from Townsville to Mackay when they announced that two workers had been killed after being crushed by a 10-tonne concrete slab at Eagle Farm racecourse. Those two gentlemen were Ashley Morris, a 34-year-old, and Humber...

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