Adjournment Debate - Coalition Government

November 24, 2016

This week we saw further cracks open up in the LNP in Queensland and further fighting between the Libs and Nats here in Canberra. I want to talk further about the main reason for this, and that is the lack of leadership within this government. First we saw the most senior LNP member of parliament, Senator Brandis, say:

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Attorney-General, Gun...

November 22, 2016

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (15:16): This has been a sorry 48 hours for Senator Brandis on top of a sorry five months since the election, in what has been a pretty sad political career. Added to his litany of catastrophes since the election—let's have a look at what they are. There is the disgraceful dispute with the former Solicitor-General; the sneakiness surrounding the government's relationship with former Senator Bob Day, which is now...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Education Funding, Vocational Education and Trai...

November 11, 2016

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (15:19): Today we saw more obfuscation and obstruction in relation to this whole sordid Bob Day affair. From what we have seen over the last two days and in media reports leading up to this week, it is quite clear that the Abbott-Turnbull government has let nothing get in the way of securing Bob Day's support for its antiworker agenda. The Leader of the Government in the Senate is not at this stage front and cent...

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National Integrity Commission Bill 2013

November 10, 2016

I rise to speak on the National Integrity Commission Bill 2013. My understanding is that this is not the first time this bill has sought to establish a national integrity commission, or an organisation somewhat similar in style to various state bodies. The one I am most familiar with is the work of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission. I stand here today talking about this issue on the second anniversary of the death of Wayne Goss, t...

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October 13, 2016

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (15:29): What we have seen today is really a continuation of what we have seen from Senator Brandis since the dispute with the Solicitor-General first started, and that is a consistent effort to be tricky with his answers. I think we need to look at where this is all heading for the Attorney-General. In my view, it is a descent by the Attorney-General into a real Donald Trump view of the world. What goes on in th...

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First Speech

October 12, 2016

Being elected as a senator for Queensland is a daunting task. The expectations of Queenslanders weigh heavily on me to protect our natural wonders, provide hope for the future and represent the many different cultures that make up my great state, including the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional owners, custodians and elders of the lands of Queensland, whom I acknowledge. I also acknowledge the traditional owners of the land...

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