Speeches

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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STATEMENTS BY SENATORS - ENERGY

September 12, 2018

Last week I attended Incitec Pivot in Brisbane, which is a local manufacturing plant that employs about 200 local workers. I was there that day with the Leader of the Opposition, federal Labor leader Bill Shorten; our shadow minister Jason Clare; and our fantastic Labor candidate for Bonner, Jo Briskey. Incitec Pivot employs about 200 locals at that plant in Brisbane. They have plenty of other plants around Queensland and operations that emplo...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP (1)

September 11, 2018

What we saw in the chamber today in question time—more than two weeks on from the change in the leadership when they tore down the previous Prime Minister—was that they still can't answer a very, very simple question, and that is: why do we have a new Prime Minister? Why do the Australian people have to put up with an illegitimate Prime Minister, someone they didn't vote for? The reason those opposite can't answer that question is: they've all...

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