Speeches

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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BILLS - SOCIAL SERVICES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (CASHLESS DEBIT CARD TRIAL EXPANSION) BILL 2018

September 11, 2018

We note the lacklustre effort from the minister in this regard, particularly around the consultation, where the best he could offer was taking on notice whom they had consulted with. The reality is that those of us who have spent time in that area—and I have, as the duty Labor senator for that area—have done proper consultation with the community, unlike those opposite. The government made the decision: 'This is what we are going to do. We are...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP, TURNBULL GOVERNMENT

August 23, 2018

We just saw a bit of a Monty Python skit from those opposite with that performance. The reality of what we've seen today, in question time here and in question time being cancelled in the other place, is that this government is illegitimate. That's what was proved in question time today and that's why they cancelled question time in the House of Representatives. They know that the Australian people know the gig is up. We saw in question time h...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP

August 21, 2018

I would ask that Senator Colbeck check the scoreboard, because the scoreboard in Braddon told a completely different story. We know that Justine Keay is sitting as the member for Braddon. We know, as Senator Watt talked about, the great result in Longman. For what we've seen over the last few days, I have got three words that I want to use. Over Friday and the weekend, we had the capitulation. Then today we had the humiliation and what we're s...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - GREAT BARRIER REEF FOUNDATION

August 15, 2018

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (15:13): I wasn't going to talk about this but I can't resist the opportunity. This time last week I was actually having lunch in Ayr, which is Senator Macdonald's home town. I met with the local journos and members of the community, and do you know what the sad part was? Not one person said they were going to miss Senator Macdonald. They didn't even mention him. It is a very sad way for him to exit. The fact that...

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