Speeches

MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Australia

August 14, 2017

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (17:27): What we have seen from those opposite in this debate is the fact that we do need a new vision for this country, because what we've seen is a really motley crew of an excuse for what they tried to elaborate as their vision for this government. But the reality is we have seen no vision from them. All we have seen is slogans that mean nothing and deliver less for the Australian people. There has been no bet...

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Questions Without Notice: Broadband

August 14, 2017

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (16:09): I think the problem for those opposite that they fail to grasp here is that they've now been in power for four years. Yes, more people are connecting to the NBN. And that is effectively the problem: more people are connecting and realising what a dud this NBN is. And there are many customers out there disappointed with the lacklustre response they get from the NBN. Today, I think what we saw from Senator...

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Adjournment - Cyclone Debbie

August 08, 2017

Four months ago Queensland was devastated by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. I'm sure we all recall the headlines and saw the television footage of entire towns that had been flooded, homes made unlivable and businesses forced to shut their doors. It wasn't long ago, but it looks like this current government has a very short memory when it comes to the Cyclone Debbie recovery effort.

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Adjournment - Turnbull Government

June 20, 2017

I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the coming anniversary of the election of the Turnbull government, because whilst we are on our break the 12th month since the Turnbull government was elected will come up. We know what has happened in the last couple of weeks. We have seen the dysfunction and disunity on the Finkel report. We have seen the dysfunction and disunity this week with regard to Gonski 2.0. But I wanted to focus on what...

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Energy

June 19, 2017

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (16:40): The export gas industry in Queensland has really driven economic growth over the past decade. We have seen particularly in Gladstone the development of export facilities by a number of companies that have created thousands of jobs in that area and economic opportunity for the region. Since those facilities came into operation they have employed substantially fewer people than they did during the construc...

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Questions Without Notice: Energy (1)

June 13, 2017

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (15:26): I think it is always illuminating when you have people like Senator Duniam happy to spend so long talking about the broad church within the Liberal-National party to justify their actions. I think that just gives us an illustration of how toxic this debate is within the LNP. I know they have to rush off soon to go to another party room meeting to try to resolve this issue.

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