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Day 585 of Tony Abbott’s Attack on the Environment

The Abbot Government’s attack on Australia’s environment remains spiteful and unrelenting. “While the Government has grudgingly reinstated some vital funding to Australia’s community and indigenous legal centres, it callously refuses to restore funding to Environmental Defenders Offices (EDOs),” said Senator Lisa Singh, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Water. Speaking in Alice Springs,… Read More »

Will the Abbott Government Finally Listen to Tasmanians this Weekend?

Tasmanians will be out in strength this weekend to rally against the arrival of the Geelong Star and force the Abbott Government to hear their concerns about supertrawlers. “Tasmanians have always been strongly opposed to supertrawlers fishing in our waters,” said Tasmanian Labor Senator Lisa Singh. “But although Tasmanian Liberal Ministers like Eric Abetz and… Read More »

Tony Abbott Risking 25 Years of Landcare’s Good Work

The Abbott Government’s cut to Landcare is putting 25 years of Tasmanian environmental gains at risk and is yet another broken promise from a government that refuses to stand up for the environment. Senator Lisa Singh, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Water, today met with representatives from the Cradle Coast Natural Resource… Read More »

Singh Backs Safer Roads for Tasmanians

Labor Senator for Tasmania Lisa Singh has slammed the Abbott Government’s continued attack on Australia’s road safety watchdog, standing with the Transport Workers’ Union last week in Canberra to demand the government abandon its ideological attacks on fair wages and safe roads. More than 300 people are killed in truck related crashes in Australia every… Read More »

In The Community

Listening to incredible stories of women of multicultural backgrounds at MRC's Women's Gathering in Glenorchy. Enjoying Holi festival in Hobart. Happy Holi! Meeting the local Free Tibet community in Hobart for a cup of chai and to commemorate the 1949 invasion of Tibet by China.

Senate

What a privilege to meet HE Xanana Gusmao today in Parliament House at the Timor Leste parl friendship group event for the launch of his latest book. The Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Diseases today hosted a lunch briefing in Canberra. Earlier today I received a petition with 75,000 signatures, for a ban on super trawlers in Australia, along with parliamentary colleagues including Senator Carol Brown and Melissa Parke MP.

Speeches

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015 – Second Reading Speech

I rise to speak to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015. The current bill has brought deep concern to many Australians—and rightly so, because it raises complex and concerning issues, especially in relation to privacy, freedom of expression and media freedom. I have had my own deep concerns about this legislation… Read More »

Biosecurity Bill 2014, Biosecurity (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2014, Quarantine Charges (Imposition—General) Amendment Bill 2014, Quarantine Charges (Imposition—Customs) Amendment Bill 2014, Quarantine Charges (Imposition—Excise) Amendment Bill 2014 – Second Reading Speech

I rise to contribute to the debate on this bill. This bill very much goes to the fact that Australia’s clean, green, safe food is the agriculture sector’s greatest advantage, and keeping Australia’s competitive edge is why this bill is of critical importance. Having said that, though, I want to point out that the Abbott… Read More »

Tasmania: Hear Our Voices Gathering 2015 – Adjournment Speech

I rise this evening to speak about the Hear Our Voices Gathering 2015 ‘Stepping Out’ women’s gathering, which I attended last Friday in Glenorchy in Tasmania. This was the second annual multicultural women’s gathering hosted by the Migrant Resource Centre and the Glenorchy City Council. Given the success of last year’s event, I am pleased… Read More »

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    Biosecurity Bill 2014 - Second reading Speech

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    Higher Education Reforms - Matter of Public Importance

    Ms Faith Bandler AC - Adjournment Speech

    Racial Discrimination Act - Matter of Public Importance

    Foreign Affairs Defence & Trade Estimates Hearing

    Australian Human Rights Commission Report - Adjournment Speech

    Mr Myuran Sukumaran and Mr Andrew Chan - Notice of Motion

    Peter Greste - Adjournment Speech

    Hon. Tom Uren - Condolence Motion

    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