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Retirement of Senator the Hon John Faulkner

Today a true Labor giant, John Faulkner, announced his retirement from the Australian Senate. A statesman of unequalled stature in Federal politics who lived by and encouraged others to live by Labor values.  He has often acted as the conscience of both the Australian Labor Party and the Commonwealth Parliament. John is a formidable parliamentarian,… Read More »

World Aids Day – Hon Tanya Plibersek, Hon Catherine King, Sen Lisa Singh

World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of HIV prevention and AIDS. The message of ‘getting to zero’ is tremendously important: zero new HIV infections; zero discrimination; zero AIDS related deaths. Sadly, the battle to eradicate one of the most terrible epidemics of recent times is far from over, with an estimated… Read More »

Tony Abbott: Take The National Water Commission Off Your Chopping Block

Labor has resisted Tony Abbott’s continued attack on the environment, last night tabling a dissenting report in the Senate to save the National Water Commission (NWC) from Tony Abbott’s chopping block. The dissenting report by Labor members of the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee opposes Tony Abbott’s planned abolition of the NWC, an independent,… Read More »

No News is Bad News on Barnaby’s Biosecurity Bill

Serious concerns about the impact of the Abbott Government’s long-delayed biosecurity legislation on the Tasmanian Salmon industry have been exposed at the Senate Inquiry into Environmental Biosecurity. Not only has there been minimal consultation on the draft legislation, but evidence provided to the Committee has also revealed a clear lack of awareness about regional differentiation… Read More »

In The Community

Our Community Christmas Party was a great occasion to share the spirit of the season. The launch of the RV Investigator marked the successful investment of the previous Labor government.

Senate

 Lisa joined cross party Senators to pass a motion to support an end to animal testing for cosmetics. A great step on the road to making Australia cruelty free.

Speeches

Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 – Second Reading Speech

I rise to oppose the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 and to stand with the Labor Party, a party which certainly represents humanity, dignity of self-worth and compassion. I would like to start by acknowledging that this is an incredibly significant piece of legislation. If we go… Read More »

Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 – Second Reading Speech

I rise to contribute Labor’s position on the Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013. Labor is happy to see that the government has changed its approach by making some of these changes to conservation advice retrospective only. Before I get onto the substance of this bill, I will say that I am surprised that the government… Read More »

Micah Challenge – Senators’ Statements

I rise to speak in solidarity with the volunteers of Micah Challenge, an inspirational movement of young Christians from churches and groups all around Australia determined to ease the global scourge of poverty and injustice. In the lead-up to this year’s G20, members of Micah Challenge had well over 100 meetings with parliamentarians to shine… Read More »

Latest Videos

  • Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 – Second Reading Speech

    Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 – Second Reading Speech

    Micah Challenge - Senator Statement

    National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill 2014 – Second Reading Speech

    Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 – Second Reading Speech

    Richard Flanagan - Adjournment Speech

    Ebola Crisis - Adjournment Speech

    Gough Whitlam - Condolence Motion

    Peter Sculthorpe - Adjournment Speech

    Cambodian Refugee Deal - Matters of Public Importance

    Cuts to CSIRO - Senator Statement

    Renewable Energy Target - Adjournment Speech

    EPBC Amendment (Bilats) Bill 2014 - Second Reading Speech

    Racial Discrimination Act - Matter of Urgency

    Renewable Energy Target - Questions Without Notice