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Time for Tasmania to get Serious about Relieving Suffering

Today marks an important first step towards easing the suffering and supporting the dignity of thousands of Australians. I welcome the introduction of the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016, which helps pave the way for medicinal cannabis to be legalised in Australia. The Bill will largely override state laws, and hopefully lead to a national… Read More »

Turnbull Must Guarantee Joint Projects

The Prime Minister must immediately rule-out collateral damage to other science agencies via alarming cuts to the CSIRO. From my questioning of the Federal Environment Department, Australian Antarctic Division and Bureau of Meteorology in Senate Estimates, it’s clear that the CSIRO collaborates strongly with the BoM and AAD in Tasmania. There is now massive uncertainty… Read More »

Climate Failure takes its toll on Precious Heritage

The bushfires destroying areas of precious Tasmanian wilderness are another wake-up call for the Turnbull Liberal Government to finally get serious about combatting climate change. The fires have burnt 11,000 hectares of pristine rainforest in some of the most ancient alpine regions of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. These areas have irreplaceable ecological and… Read More »

Government Must Seize the Moment

The historic Paris climate change agreement can have immense benefits for Tasmania – but only if it’s backed by much stronger Government action. Almost every country in the world has now committed to cutting carbon pollution and keeping global warming well below two degrees Celcius, and below 1.5 degrees if possible. But under the Turnbull… Read More »

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 Touring Haywards Steel near Launceston - Tasmanian makers of wind turbine towers. Labor will oppose efforts to privatise Hearing Australia because affordable access to publc hearing services is too important to risk.


Celebrating the Diamonds winning the Netball World Cup. With Major Alex Palmer who was assigned to my Senate office as part of the Australian Defence Force Parliaentary Program. Meeting Louie - a great advocate for TB survivors.


Tasmanian Bushfires – Adjournment Speech

I rise tonight to speak of the ravaging fires we have experienced in Tasmania over the past month and their threat to our floral natural heritage and biodiversity in some of my home state’s most ancient alpine regions. The fires have burnt out over 72,000 hectares in western Tasmania; 11,000 hectares in our Tasmanian Wilderness… Read More »

Combatting Multinational Tax Avoidance – Second Reading

As we know, yesterday marked the six-year anniversary of the Greens joining with the Liberals to vote down the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. Today will go down in history as another remarkable day when the Greens again have joined with the Liberals to help Australia’s richest companies keep their tax dealings secret—selling out on ordinary… Read More »

Tom Uren Memorial Fund – Adjournment Speech

I rise to share with the Senate the recent launch at Parliament House of the Tom Uren Memorial Fund, which I was delighted to attend with so many of my Labor colleagues. I joined a number of Labor MPs and senators, including shadow ministers Anthony Albanese and Tanya Plibersek, to support and listen to Tom’s… Read More »

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