Speeches

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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BILLS - RESTORING TERRITORY RIGHTS (ASSISTED SUICIDE LEGISLATION)

August 15, 2018

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (18:18): When it became clear in the last sitting week that this bill was going to be debated, my initial view was this was a matter of territory rights and that it would be a relatively simple for issue for me to deal with. But, obviously, in the winter break, with the opportunity to engage with more people and to talk about the issues at stake in this matter, it became a more complex decision for me to make. I w...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - Energy

August 14, 2018

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (15:25): The remarkable thing we've seen from the contribution of those opposite is that you would think they've only been in government for about six months, the way they're carrying on and talking about, 'We've come up with this fantastic policy'. You've been in government for five years. What's your record? That's what the Australian people will judge them on. Their record after five years is a simple one: pric...

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