Doorstop, Parliament House, Canberra

Subject/s: Marriage equality plebiscite; Pauline Hanson

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Speech on WAMCI citizenship ceremony, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (16:36): I recognise that one of the best parts of this job is being involved in a citizenship ceremony. On Saturday, 27 August, at 10 am—not at 9.59 at night at 10.01—the World Arts and Multi-Culture Incorporated hosted a citizenship ceremony at the Comfort Inn and Suites at Robertson Gardens.

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Speech on Yeronga Meals on Wheels, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (16:27): On Thursday, 8 September, something momentous happened in my electorate: we said goodbye to a legend. At the AGM for the Yeronga Meals on Wheels, the president of nine years, Audrey Wise, stepped down after great service to a wonderful support for my community.

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Speech on CresWalk 2016, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (16:05): On Sunday 4 December, Father's Day, I went along with my son, Stanley, and a couple of his friends to participate in the Crescents of Brisbane walk on the banks of the Brisbane River. CresWalk, which is a walk organised by one of the Islamic communities in Brisbane, is about communities reaching out, doing some exercise and having fun.

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Speech on Tarragindi Community BBQ, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (16:02): Yesterday I attended a community barbecue organised by the Annerley branch of the Australian Labor Party with the member for Griffith, Terri Butler, the Minister for Energy, the Hon. Mark Bailey, and also Councillor Steve Griffiths, and we were also joined by the Tarragindi Residents' Alliance.

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Speech on Mid-Autumn Festival, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (10:42): As a member representing a strong multicultural community, I wish everyone here Zhongqiujie kuaile, which is Mandarin for 'happy Mid-Autumn Festival'.

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Private Members' Business - Domestic and Family Violence

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (13:16): I move:

That this House:

(1) notes that Women's Legal Services Australia and 90 other organisations concerned with family violence wrote to all political leaders in May 2016 calling on them to put safety first in family law;


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Marriage Equality

Hopefully we are standing at the threshold of a respectful debate about whether to amend the Marriage Act.  It is timely then to take a look at how uniform marriage laws have evolved since first introduced to the Commonwealth Parliament in 1961.

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What happened to the Rule of Law?

Last year many countries commemorated 800 years of the Magna Carta.  A deed that enshrined the Rule of Law’s protection of individuals against the power and resources of the state.  Less than 12 months later our television screens show horrific images of Australian children in a Northern Territory detention facility.

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Brandis needs to act immediately to end the distress experienced by transgender children and their families

The Attorney-General remains deaf to the brave calls of families of transgender children, and the children themselves, advocating for changes to the Family Law Act.  Currently, these children need to apply for an Order from the Family Court before they can access Stage Two Hormone Treatment.  This is an expensive and unnecessary process that creates further traumatic delays for these children and their families when time is of the essence.

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