As Cory's left the Tories we should stop this distressing and divisive Inquiry

If the reason that the Joint Committee on Human Rights was asked to inquire into freedom of speech in Australia was simply to appease Senator Cory Bernardi, then it seems this has been an expensive exercise for naught.  Prime Minister Turnbull should show some leadership and ask the Parliament to abandon this inquiry now that Corey Bernardi has left the Liberal Party. 

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Any changes to 18C will have dangerous consequences

The Inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia sat in Hobart today and heard evidence from a range of stakeholders including Equal Opportunity Tasmania,  Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and the University of Tasmania.

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Moreton Australia Day Address 2017

Thank you Lewis Lee for your introduction.

I would also like to thank the traditional owners of the land on which we gather and pay our respects to their elders past and present.

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Celebrating Local Legends

Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP, will hold the nineth annual Moreton Australia Day Awards this Thursday.

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Schools, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (16:09): I was 19 years old when I finished my teaching degree and went off to teach in country Queensland. In fact, I know how long 19 years is because 19 years ago today I finished my last day of teaching.

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Corporations Amendment Bill 2016

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (18:27): I rise to speak on the Corporations Amendment (Life Insurance Remuneration Arrangements) Bill 2016. More than half of all Australians have some form of life insurance. 

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Social Security Legislation Amendment

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (13:14): I rise to speak on the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016. Can I say up-front, I commend the member for Lalor on her contribution. She is always worth listening to, and she certainly seemed to cover the perils of this legislation very well.

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Criminal Code Amendment (War Crimes) Bill 2016

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (18:43): I rise to speak on the Criminal Code Amendment (War Crimes) Bill 2016. I would particularly like to commend the contribution by the member for Eden-Monaro, and also the member for Isaacs.

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Equal Rights, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (12:22): I rise to speak on the motion instigated by the opposition leader and moved by the Prime Minister. It is a very important motion that we speak on today: the right of all Australians to enjoy equal rights and be treated with equal respect, regardless of race, colour, creed or origin.

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Australians think they understand ‘freedom of speech’, but few truly know the boundaries

Many Australians think we know what “freedom of speech” means but few truly understand where the boundaries are in our laws.

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