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Friends Of CSIRO Hobart Chapter Launch Shines Light On Liberal’s Mess

Senator Lisa Singh today addressed staff at the launch of Friends of CSIRO Hobart. Labor has been calling on the Liberals to halt the latest CSIRO job cuts since March, but Malcolm Turnbull and Christopher Pyne have done nothing to stop the potential destruction of CSIRO’s unique climate and environmental science capabilities. A recent Senate… Read More »

Big Climate Win for Tasmania

Labor’s Climate Change Action Plan lays the foundations for Tasmania to become a global powerhouse in renewable energy. The policy plays to Tasmania’s natural strengths in water and wind power, and will help create the renewable jobs of tomorrow. Under Labor’s Plan, half of Australia’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2030. By then,… Read More »

Cynical CSIRO Smokescreen Fooling No-One in Tasmania

Tasmanian scientists deserve much better than cheap and cynical politics from the Turnbull Government. Today’s announcement of a National Climate Research Centre in Hobart is just a hollow smokescreen to get the Government through an election. It carries no guarantees that vital climate change monitoring and measurement will continue unaffected. It provides no certainty for… Read More »

Penny-Pinching Liberals Threaten Asbestos Safety

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash must immediately step-in to protect Australia’s crucial anti-asbestos campaign. The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (AESA) is under severe threat because the Government is withholding $3 million of unspent funding. The agency’s strategy to eradicate deadly asbestos from millions of Australian homes, businesses and public buildings has now ground to a… Read More »

In The Community

One of the best parts of being a Senator - attending the Glenorchy citizenship ceremony and meeting our new Australians. Great to meet the Gyuto Tibetan monks in my office in Hobart this morning, including a blessing, and talk of the importance of inner values and ethics being taught in education. Thanks for visiting Hobart and our local schools. Jane Austin and Lisa attended an important CSIRO forum in Hobart today to listen to Shadow Minsiter for Science Kim Carr and CSIRO staff about the impact of the Liberal's cuts to climate science and Labor's commitment to stop these job losses.


Lisa took the Fatality Free Friday pledge to beat road trauma. Lisa signed the Edmund Rice Centre Candidate Pledge to 'work to improve public debate and discourse on issues such as race, immigration, refugees and asylum seekers'. Thanks to Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA and Maritime Union of Australia for bringing our Indonesian comrades to Canberra to share their story of asbestos use in Indonesia.


Tourism – Adjournment speech

I rise to draw the Senate’s attention to an exciting opportunity that has the potential to attract more tourists and create sustainable jobs in my home state of Tasmania. Perhaps most importantly this project has the potential to help heal divisions and unite traditional Tasmanians adversaries. In the modern economy, I firmly believe Tasmania’s future… Read More »

Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015 – Second Reading Speech

I rise to speak on the Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015. Stakeholders want stability and continuity around the Basin Plan, and so these are minor changes would not adversely impact on the Basin Plan. The bill implements the recommendations of the Report of the Independent Review of the Water Act200—the Water… Read More »

Climate Change – Matters of Urgency

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most outstanding coral reefs on earth. It is, however, one of the most fragile and complex ecosystems in the world. That is something that has been made very clear by anyone in this place who saw Sir David Attenborough’s fascinating and extensive documentary that really peeled back… Read More »

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