As Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (PCHR). This Committee has five Liberal MPs and Senators. I note that our recent report did NOT recommend changing the Racial Discrimination Act.
However, today Malcolm Turnbull and his government have chosen to ignore this report handed down only three weeks ago, today.Read more
Today the Committee set up to water down race hate speech has found no basis to recommend any changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.Read more
On top of the cruel cuts to family benefits announced this week comes another shock – the independent Parliamentary Budget Office’s latest unlegislated measures update has confirmed the government’s plans to implement its “divorce tax”, which targets families going through painful separations.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
The Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister showed a rare moment of bipartisanship in Parliament House on Monday.Read more