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In Defence of 18c

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 05:56

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In a diverse, racially harmonious country like Australia—a success story—why are you abandoning something that has existed for many years? I might say, it was for 11 years of the Howard government. Sections 18C and 18D—the two provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act that have seen harmonious relations between all Australians maintained—are going to be abandoned.

 

Australia and Timor-Leste

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:28

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I commend the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties on his report to the House. This arrangement and these developments with Australia and Timor-Leste are not necessarily welcome, in the sense that I wish these things could have been resolved in other ways, and it is a shame particularly for Timor-Leste.

 

Medicare

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:24

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This six-year freeze on Medicare rebates is gradually and sneakily undermining Medicare and is set to continue with the Prime Minister's plan to extend it out to 2020. The government's attitude is characterised by relentless attacks on our iconic health system.

   

Address in Reply

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:10

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The member for Calwell has reminded me that family and kids are so important to all of us. The longer you are here, the more you realise that. This is the seventh time that I have risen in this chamber to give a speech in the address-in-reply debate. I am blessed by the continuing support of the good burghers of Melbourne Ports, who have once again entrusted me to be their representative in Canberra.

 

Supporting our close US ties

Monday, 20 March 2017 06:18

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Deep cooperation between Australia and the United States is seen at a scientific and artistic level, at a military level and at an intelligence level, but it is underlined by our common democratic values and our huge business interests

   

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