Parliamentary speeches

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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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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