Speeches

Corporations Amendment

November 26, 2021

I need to stress to those opposite that no lawyer can charge for work that they do not do. No lawyer gets paid for an hour of work that they have not properly billed. The previous speaker talked about shady contracts between people, when, really, this is all about protecting the wealthy from the actions of those who need someone to speak up on their behalf. I urge the parliament to support the amendment moved by the member for Whitlam.

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Australia's Family Law System

November 22, 2021

My private member's bill is one example. It removes a dangerous presumption in the Family Law Act that has been recommended by many reports. The Women's Legal Services Australia has been calling for this change as part of their Safety First in Family Law campaign—endorsed by more than 90 organisations. I introduced this private member's bill last year. It is still before this chamber, and all the Prime Minister needs to do is to bring it on, b...

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Human Rights Committee - Report

November 22, 2021

In a healthy democracy like Australia, any rules that will make it more difficult for citizens to cast their votes—voting is compulsory—are troubling and deserve the keen scrutiny of parliament through the committee process.

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Offshore Electricity Infrastructure

October 27, 2021

Australia as a continent and an island nation has one of the longest coastlines in the world. The potential for offshore wind generation is more than we could ever use ourselves, even if we expand our domestic manufacturing as Labor plans to do. Offshore energy generation is an export opportunity, particularly in terms of South-East Asia and the billions of people moving into the middle class in that part of the world. As we see, time and time...

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Aged Care

October 25, 2021

This constituent continued with some suggestions which are relevant to this debate today: These may seem like small issues to some, but for people who have to live with these problems on a daily basis, it is simply not good enough. Families are paying a lot of money for very average, and in some cases, below average care. Minimum staffing numbers need to be set by governments. Care workers need to be more skilled. Care residents deser...

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Putting Australian Jobs and Industry First

October 21, 2021

An Albanese Labor government will rebuild the nation's manufacturing industry with a comprehensive plan to create jobs, boost vital skills, bring industry expertise back onshore and supercharge national productivity.

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