Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:35
112 hitsSince 31 August 2011, when the High Court rejected this government's Malaysia proposals, we have faced the prospect of a surge in boats with irregular arrivals to this country. Although we have now adopted the only policy we could get the conservative coalition to sign on to, the member for Cook in their tribune comes in here lamenting the effects of adopting those very policies he demanded we adopt. He does that after having delayed the Malaysia proposals, which would have given us some capacity to handle this surge of irregular arrivals, for more than a year. This is the man who demanded the re-opening of Manus and Nauru, yet he is now in here complaining about the cost of it. What a farce! The member for Cook is crying crocodile tears about the effect on the surplus of irregular boat arrivals after having blocked, together with his mates in the Greens, the very legislation aimed at providing a policy solution.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 23:55
'Who remembers the Armenians?' This is the phrase that presaged genocide. They were the Nazi dictator’s words to Oberkommand der Wehrmacht in the Obersalzberg on the eve of the Second World War in 1939, and officially recorded by Admiral Canaris in transcript form who was the head of the Abwehr, German military intelligence. Raphael Lemkin, the great Polish historian, began his research in the 1930’s into the jurisdiction and the law of genocide because he saw what happened to the Armenian minority in Turkey as one of the great injustices of history that unfortunately the world at that time did not address.
Thursday, 18 October 2012 04:42
PARLIAMENTARY JOINT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY
Potential reforms of national security legislationPublic Hearing 14 September 2012
Thursday, 11 October 2012 00:00
Last week my wife Amanda and I had the privilege of attending the opening of the new gallery of Japanese art at the National Gallery of Victoria. The refurbished gallery is dedicated to exhibiting the unique aspects of Japanese art. NGV director Tony Ellwood said:
Much of this collection will be on display for the first time as part of the opening exhibit, along with highlights from the exquisite Pauline Gandel Collection of Japanese lacquer.
In fact, the new gallery was made possible by philanthropic donations—the great philanthropy of Pauline Gandel in particular.
Thursday, 11 October 2012 00:00
I am supporting the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security review on the relisting of five terrorist organisations. As a member of that committee I commend the process that this parliament established under the previous, conservative government—under great pressure from the then numbers in the Senate—for the evaluation of these organisations, one by one, by the parliament rather than under the direct auspices of the Attorney-General. I believe this gives the Australian public a feeling of transparency and ownership of this process, which it deserves, and it makes members of this House cognisant of the activities of these particular organisations—17 organisations in total—which are a threat to the Australian people, as has been shown and as we are about to remember, by the deaths of 88 of our countrymen in Bali as a result of the activities of Jemaah Islamiah. I will come to some of the other organisations in a minute.
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