Speeches

Higher Education Support Amendment (Freedom of Speech) Bill 2020 - Second Reading

February 23, 2021

There is no freedom-of-speech crisis in Australian universities, but there is a crisis. The Minister for Education should focus on positive reforms that will encourage students into university and assist universities through this pandemic so that job losses can be stemmed.

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Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019

February 18, 2021

The Family Court is a specialist court designed to resolve the most complex legal family disputes and a great Labor legacy that the Liberals will destroy today.

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Cashless Debit Card

December 08, 2020

I am happy to follow the member for Makin in speaking on the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020. He always makes a fine and considered contribution. I'm now in my 14th year of speaking after him, and I'm happy to do so. Labor opposes the extension of the existing cashless debit card trial sites unless there is clear evidence of local community support. That is crucial.

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The Liberals have a problem with women

November 10, 2020

I rise to speak on the appropriation bills 2020-21 flowing from the Morrison government's recent budget. Margaret Atwood envisaged a scary dystopian world in her novel The handmaid's tale.

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Why we need a federal ICAC now

October 22, 2020

I speak about the LNP Government's lack of integrity and list 10 of their worst corruption scandals from their 8 years in government.

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Peter Dutton's Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020

September 02, 2020

I speak against Minister Dutton's Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 which proposes to ban refugees in detention centres from having mobile phones.

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