Speeches

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Economy

October 14, 2019

If you'd listened to the contributions from senators opposite, you wouldn't think that they'd been in government for six years, would you, given the way they were talking about what they are doing now? They've had six years to do something about it. Senator Davey was talking about building a dam in New South Wales. You've had a state Liberal-National government in New South Wales for eight years, and they still haven't done anything about it....

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TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - National Disability Insurance Scheme

September 19, 2019

What we saw in question time today was a real performance of hubris, callousness and disinterest. We saw that from a number of people who participated in question time and now as well. I think the hubris comes down to the way that they are trying to triumphantly declare their economic credentials. Those of us who spend time out on the ground know how tough people are really doing it; but, if you listen to the performance of this government tod...

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STATEMENTS BY SENATORS - Queensland: Bushfires, Queensland: Cape York Peninsula

September 11, 2019

I want to start by acknowledging the words of Senator Stoker as a Queensland senator. I pass on my thoughts and condolences as well. I acknowledge the hard work of emergency service providers, Energex crews out there doing the work and the communities that have been affected, and I acknowledge a stellar job by the state government, who are, unfortunately, becoming all too accustomed to dealing with the natural disasters of fires, floods and cy...

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TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

July 24, 2019

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DOCUMENTS - ENERGY

July 04, 2019

What a performance we had there from Senator Patrick. He likes to have two middle names that he's built his reputation on: transparency and accountability. That has completely gone out the window here today. His performance, how he's come in here to try to justify this, was absolutely lacklustre. Never again will the Labor Party be lectured to by Senator Patrick on transparency and accountability. He's the one who's done the deal, he's the one...

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CONDOLENCES - HAWKE, HON. ROBERT JAMES LEE (BOB)

July 03, 2019

I join with my colleagues in paying tribute to the remarkable life of Bob Hawke. When you think about the combination of intellect, larrikinism, compassion and the understanding of people from all walks of life, and the fact that he was able to maintain this combination his whole life in the differing roles that he had—particularly in later life as well—it was an authenticity that was unique and combined all the great elements of Australian li...

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