Parliamentary speeches

Vale Bob Hawke

July 03, 2019

I'm very pleased to be able to make a very short contribution to this very important motion. All of us here in Australia in 2019 walk in Bob Hawke's shadow—especially those of us who are part of the Labor family and everyone who sees our country's story as written by its enlargers.

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Christchurch attacks

April 03, 2019

I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to say a few words in the debate on this important motion moved by our Prime Minister. I join in the spirit, which has been expressed consistently in this debate, of unequivocal condemnation of an appalling act of terror in Christchurch...

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Presentation of JSCEM status report and report on inquiry into lowering the voting age

April 02, 2019

These two reports conclude the business of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for this parliament, and they mean that nine reports have been presented to this parliament through the work of this committee.

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Jenny Macklin

February 21, 2019

Yesterday a Labor legend and a giant of Australian politics and policymaking spoke in thisplace for the last time. So I rise this evening to pay tribute to my friend the member for Jagajaga...

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MPI - Education

February 21, 2019

What a revealing debate this has been, which demonstrates the clear contrast betweenthe opposition and the government in this most critical of policy areas. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition...

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On Hakeem, and unfinished business

February 20, 2019

Last week was a good week in this place in that we welcomed home Hakeem al-Araibi, a constituent of mine who had spent nearly 80 days in jail in Thailand when he should have been enjoying his honeymoon.

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