Parliamentary speeches

Presentation of JSCEM status report and report on inquiry into lowering the voting age

April 02, 2019

These two reports conclude the business of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for this parliament, and they mean that nine reports have been presented to this parliament through the work of this committee.

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Jenny Macklin

February 21, 2019

Yesterday a Labor legend and a giant of Australian politics and policymaking spoke in thisplace for the last time. So I rise this evening to pay tribute to my friend the member for Jagajaga...

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MPI - Education

February 21, 2019

What a revealing debate this has been, which demonstrates the clear contrast betweenthe opposition and the government in this most critical of policy areas. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition...

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On Hakeem, and unfinished business

February 20, 2019

Last week was a good week in this place in that we welcomed home Hakeem al-Araibi, a constituent of mine who had spent nearly 80 days in jail in Thailand when he should have been enjoying his honeymoon.

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Loneliness - private member's motion

February 18, 2019

This parliament has been too slow to recognise loneliness as what it is: a national crisis requiring a national response. That so many Australians of all backgrounds and in all circumstances feel lonely is something we should care about.

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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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A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA