Parliamentary speeches

Consideration in detail - Emergency Management

September 18, 2019

The bushfires that have been raging in Queensland and New South Wales demonstrate the importance of increased disaster mitigation and recovery funding. Can I join the Leader of the Opposition, the Prime Minister and others to express my gratitude to our emergency services personnel and volunteers who have bravely fought dangerous fires...

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Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019 - Second Reading

September 18, 2019

Labor will be opposing the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019. It is unnecessary and ill considered and would carry with it concerning consequences if enacted into law. I would like to say that these consequences would be unintended ones...

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Consideration in detail - population

September 17, 2019

I would like to thank the Assistant Treasurer for his contribution to this debate but I will not mislead the House, unlike his contributions on Labor's voting record. I'd ask him to have a look at theĀ HansardĀ and perhaps come back to the principal chamber of the House...

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Taste of Thomastown Festival

September 16, 2019

I'm very proud that I get to represent the amazing suburb of Thomastown in this place and have the opportunity on many occasions to talk about the great things that are happening there.

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Federation of Nepalese Community Associations of Australia

September 16, 2019

Last week, I had the great honour of being part of a very important celebration and I may say, an even more important declaration of intent for Nepali Australians but also for all of us in this proudly multicultural society.

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Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019 - Second Reading

September 11, 2019

...let me be very clear, Labor strongly believes in preserving and enhancing the integrity of Australia's immigration system. This is a core responsibility of national government, something that cannot be neglected, under resourced or, even worse, contracted out.

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A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA