Parliamentary speeches

TEQSA Amendment Bill - second reading speech

February 13, 2019

I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment Bill 2018. This bill proposes a range of minor and technical changes to the operation of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, TEQSA.

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Vale Barney Cooney

February 13, 2019

It was my very great pleasure to have known Barney Cooney almost all my adult life, and it is a privilege to be able to say a few words in tribute to him and to commemorate him in this place, in a building that he loved and contributed so much to.

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10th anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires

February 13, 2019

I just want to say a few brief words on this important commemorative debate. As this parliamentary year commenced, it was striking that we heard excellent speeches, in particular from both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, about current natural disasters in Australia as we also reflected on the 10th anniversary...

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Welcome home Hakeem

February 12, 2019

Just over half an hour ago, Hakeem al-Araibi came home to Melbourne. I rise in this place to celebrate his return and to celebrate his courage. I also want to acknowledge and pay tribute to the courage of his wife...

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Electoral Legislation Amendment (Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill

February 12, 2019

It's always a pleasure to follow my friend the member for Rankin, particularly when it's on legislation such as this bill, which goes beyond the individual issues that we debate in this place to the wider questions of how we safeguard the operation of and confidence in our democracy.

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JSCEM report on the 2016 election

December 05, 2018

I'm very pleased to be able to make a few short remarks to advise the House of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral MattersĀ Report on the conduct of the 2016 federal election and matters related thereto.

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A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA