Speeches

STATEMENTS BY SENATORS - ENERGY (1)

November 14, 2018

It was good to see Senator O'Sullivan finish as he started. I, too, want to talk about an issue that confronts, increasingly, regional Australia. Acting Deputy President Duniam, I know the long-term plight of workers in regional communities, particularly those associated with energy and power stations, is an issue you have been concerned about and is of particular concern to me.

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - PRIME MINISTER

November 12, 2018

I wanted to talk about why this issue is important. Unlike Senator Williams over there, I can't just dismiss this because it was a period of time ago. This is an important and substantial story. This is the last substantial job that the current Prime Minister did before he entered parliament, so it's absolutely legitimate that he is held accountable for the role that he played in that.

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - COALITION GOVERNMENT

October 18, 2018

You don't grow an economy stronger by changing Prime Minister every couple of years, and that's exactly what we've done. What the question from Senator McAllister did was highlight a horror week for this government. We got an unbelievable response from Senator Cormann, the government's Senate leader. This was his quote. He said that Australians 'know what they are getting under us'. That just inspires me to look at their record. When we look a...

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MOTIONS - SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS

October 16, 2018

The Labor Party recognises the established Senate principles around voting and misadventure. The opposition welcomes the government's statement and will support the opportunity to have this vote. But I did want to go to what is at the heart of what has caused the government so much of a problem in this regard, and that is the fact that they are so divided on how they deal with One Nation. That is actually the point as to why they came to have...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

October 15, 2018

What we saw there from Senator Seselja was what I would call the 'one plus one equals four' defence. Basically, we know that there was a meeting between the Prime Minister, the communications minister and the chair of the ABC, and the chair of the ABC left that meeting and then took the action that he did. We have had not one explanation as to why, after the chair left that meeting, he took the course of action that he did. The senator who spo...

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ADJOURNMENT - ALCOA

September 20, 2018

The issues I want to talk about today is actually a Western Australian issue. I know it's one that's very close to your heart, Senator Lines, because it is the Alcoa dispute that has been going on in Western Australia and that is now into its 43rd day. You might ask why a Queensland senator would want to talk about this, but this issue and what is occurring in Western Australia at the Alcoa site is something that is being replicated around Aus...

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