Parliamentary speeches

Epping Gardens Aged Care

February 25, 2021

Thirty-eight people died from COVID-19 at the Epping Gardens aged-care home last year. This was a tragedy but, much worse than that, a preventable tragedy. My thoughts today go out to the many families who are still grieving the loss of loved ones.

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Racism

February 24, 2021

A Neo-Nazi assaulting a woman with a homemade flamethrower—this isn't 1930s fascist Europe; this is happening in Australia in 2021. At a Gosnells shopping centre, near Perth, a man with a Nazi symbol on his forehead used a flamethrower to assault an innocent mother who was shopping with her daughter.

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Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 - Second Reading

February 22, 2021

I'm pleased to rise to join in the debate with my colleagues in opposition to the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 and in support of the second amendment by the shadow minister, the member for Watson. This bill needs to be seen for exactly what it is: both a deeply cynical exercise and a profoundly ideological one.

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#HomeToBilo

February 16, 2021

Three years, more than 1,000 days—that's how long Priya, Nades and their two Australian-born daughters, Kopika, now five, and Tharunicaa, now three, have been in immigration detention. That's how long they've been away from their home, the place they belong, Biloela, having been so cruelly ripped away from there in the dead of night.

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A secure future for all

February 15, 2021

This is an important motion moved by my friend the member for Dunkley, and it raises some important questions about where we're going as an economy and, more profoundly, how we are doing as a society, and how we might do better.

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Vale Donato Polvere and John Pathinathan

February 15, 2021

I rise to remember two constituents—two good friends of mine—who made extraordinary contributions to community life and deserve to be remembered in this place. I am proud to have known John Pathinathan and Donato Polvere, and to have been associated with them and been able to witness the profound difference they made to their community and the Australian Labor Party.

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