Parliamentary speeches

Happy Lunar New Year

February 04, 2021

The date of 12 February marks the beginning of the year of the ox. The second animal of the Chinese zodiac, the ox denotes the hard work, positivity and honesty that will be manifested in all of us. As someone born in the year of the ox, I find this very encouraging and, hopefully, auspicious.

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Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Framework

December 10, 2020

On behalf of Labor, I would like to echo his thanks to all those who were part of fighting the Black Summer bushfires and those who will risk their lives and dedicate their time this disaster season to keep Australians safe. Thank you so much for your sacrifice.

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Crimes Legislation Amendment (Economic Disruption) Bill 2020

December 10, 2020

I am pleased to have the opportunity to rise to speak and make a contribution to debate on this very significant piece of legislation, the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Economic Disruption) Bill 2020. I flag that I will be putting before the House a second reading amendment. I want to acknowledge that this is obviously a bill that exists in a much wider context.

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Transport Security Amendment (Testing and Training) Bill 2020

December 10, 2020

I rise to speak on the Transport Security Amendment (Testing and Training) Bill 2020. This bill would amend the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 in order to improve the effectiveness of screening at Australia's security controlled airports and security regulated ports.

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Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Masjidain on 15 March 2019

December 08, 2020

A short time ago, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern released the findings of the royal commission into terrorist attacks on Christchurch's mosques. Prime Minister Ardern delivered an apology to all those affected and recognised that an apology isn't enough by committing to implement all 44 recommendations. Australia too must do more than offer condolences.

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Bodhi Day, Multicultural Statement

December 08, 2020

For many Buddhists, today, 8 December, is Bodhi Day. Bodhi Day marks the day that Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha. It's a special time when more than half a million Buddhist Australians reflect on the Buddha's universal teachings of peace, service and recognition of common humanity. These are values that we saw in practice this year during the pandemic, when Australians cared for each other and looked after the most vulnerable members of...

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