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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Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (17:37): I rise to speak on the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016. As stated by the member for Isaacs, this legislation brings in some elements that we hope will never be necessary, will never be called upon.

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UNICEF 70th Anniversary, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (11:22): You might be guilty of misleading the House there, Mr Deputy Speaker, but I do thank you for the call! I am very happy to support the motion by the member for Corangamite. 'Protecting the rights and wellbeing of every child'—that is the UNICEF motto and, surely, all of us who are privileged enough to be members of this parliament should make it our personal motto as well. UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund, has been working for the past 70 years to create 'a world in which every child has a fair chance in life', be it the children in the gallery above me right now or children anywhere in some of the world's poorest countries.

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Motion on Mr Hugh Mahon

That this House:

(1) recognises that:

(a) prior to the passage of the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 the Houses of the Australian Parliament had the power to expel a Senator or Member of the House of Representatives;

(b) the expulsion of a Member of this House is the most drastic of sanctions;

(c) on 11 November 1920, the then Member for Kalgoorlie, Mr Hugh Mahon, was expelled from this House; and

   (d) Mr Mahon is the only Member to have ever been expelled from this House;

(2) acknowledges that Mr Mahon was expelled:

(a) by a motion brought on hastily and with limited time for debate;

(b) by a vote of the House on party lines; and

   (c) without the due process and procedural fairness that such an important issue deserves; and

(3) recognises that:

(a) it was unjust on the limited evidence for the institution to which Mr Mahon had been democratically elected to reverse the decision of his constituents; and

(b) the expulsion of Mr Mahon was a misuse of the power then invested in the House.

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Mr Manmeet Sharma, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (18:51): Sadly, I rise to speak about Manmeet Sharma, who so tragically lost his life on Friday 28 October in my home suburb of Moorooka at a bus stop that I walk past every morning when I am at home. 

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Motion on Forced Marriage

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (13:18): I move:

That this House:

(1) recognises that:

(a) some young Australians are being forced into marriage against their will;

(b) child marriage and forced marriage are forms of slavery; and

(c) the Labor Government in 2013 introduced into the Criminal Code Act 1995 specific offences for forced marriage;

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Address-in-reply, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (16:22): I am going to start with a quote from John F. Kennedy. He said:

In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience - the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men - each man must decide for himself the course he will follow.

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Bipartisan approach to racial tolerance - 20 years on

The Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister showed a rare moment of bipartisanship in Parliament House on Monday.

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Speech on Painting for Pleasure art group, Parliament House

On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the St David's Neighbourhood Centre's display, the Painting for Pleasure art group's art show, held at the Corner Cafe in Coopers Plains. I think it was staged for free in the community room, and so I thank the Corner Cafe.

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