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Ice Inquiry in Liverpool Today

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement will hold a public hearing today in Liverpool, NSW for the Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine (Ice). Ice use has been identified as a growing problem across Australian communities, particularly in remote, rural and regional areas. We have heard that methamphetamine related hospitalisation has dramatically increased. We have heard… Read More »

Abbott Government Fails Fisheries Management 101

The Abbott Government’s ongoing failure to responsibly manage Australia’s fisheries is a serious problem for all stakeholders. Labor Senator for Tasmania Lisa Singh said that everyone was aware of the issues and debate surrounding the Government’s recent oversight of the Small Pelagic Fishery. “I would have thought the current controversies make the need for up-to-date… Read More »

Nobel Prize Winners Disagree With Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott has another opportunity to make himself an international embarrassment by ignoring some the world’s greatest scientific minds. For the first time since 1955, Nobel Prize winners have used the platform of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting to take a stand on social policy by making the Mainau Declaration on Climate Change 2015. 36… Read More »

Wilderness Plan Must Consider UNESCO Recommendations

The Abbott Government still wants to give the Hodgman Government responsibility for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, despite the embarrassing rebuke both governments received from the World Heritage Committee overnight. Overnight the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has rejected commercial logging and mining in the TWWHA. These key aspects were part of Premier Hodgman’s management… Read More »

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At AgFest in Tasmania At Agfest with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten


With my parliamentary colleague Andrew Leigh MP to pledge our support to Fatality Free Friday. The RSRT works to stop truck drivers from being pressured to speed or skip breaks. Participating in the Senate inquiry today into the medicinal use of cannabis and a Bill regulating its use through legalisation.


Middle East – Adjournment Speech

Last year was the United Nations International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. It put the spotlight on the lives of the Palestinian people, creating international awareness of the challenges they have faced since the partition of Palestine and the occupation. Nearly 68 years on, the ongoing impacts of the occupation have been devastating… Read More »

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade – Tabling of Report Partnering for the greater good

I also rise to contribute to the tabling of the report, Partnering for the greater good. Like Senator Gallacher, I also participated in this inquiry and I would like to provide the Senate with my views on some of the recommendations and the way forward. As Senator Gallacher has said, there were some 37 useful… Read More »

Communications Legislation Amendment (SBS Advertising Flexibility and Other Measures) Bill 2015 – Second Reading Speech

We will not forget the night before the election. Tony Abbott stared down the barrel of the SBS camera and he said there would be no cuts to the ABC and SBS. We know now that that was a complete lie because this bill, the Communications Legislation Amendment (SBS Advertising Flexibility and Other Measures) Bill… Read More »

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