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Tony Abbott Risking 25 Years of Landcare’s Good Work – Senator Anne Urquhart & Senator Lisa Singh

A Senate committee has found the Abbott Government’s cuts to Landcare are putting decades of environmental gains at risk. The report, tabled by the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee today, recognised Landcare’s achievements and recommended its funding be reinstated. Committee Chair and Labor Senator for Tasmania Anne Urquhart said the $470 million cut was… Read More »

Abbott Government Still Holding Tasmanian Science Hostage

The Abbott Government’s latest back-down has only given Tasmanian scientists a 12 month reprieve. “Christopher Pyne has choked on his extortionate threat to hold the jobs of 1,700 scientists hostage unless the Senate passed his unfair and unnecessary higher education changes,” said Tasmanian Senator Lisa Singh. “However, the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) funding… Read More »

Abbott Government Must Guarantee Tourism Funding

The Abbott Government must keep its promise to invest $16 million in Tasmania’s vital tourism industry, Labor Senator Lisa Singh said today. Before the 2013 election Mr Abbott promised $16 million for the Cadbury chocolate factory in Tasmania which he said would create 320 new jobs by 2017, as well as build a new visitor… Read More »

Climate Policy Spending Spree with no Clear Outcome – Hon Mark Butler MP & Sen Lisa Singh

Environment Department officials have confirmed the Abbott Government intends to give $2.55 billion of taxpayers’ money to big polluters without any forecasting to show the program will meet its objectives. When repeatedly quizzed on departmental modelling for the Government’s polluters’ slush fund, the Emissions Reduction Fund, department officials confirmed at Senate Estimates late yesterday they… 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.


Lisa joined cross party Senators to pass a motion to support an end to animal testing for cosmetics. 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.


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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