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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 »

Asbestos Imports Review Welcome but Overdue

After five months of denial and inaction, the Border Protection Minister, Peter Dutton, has finally shown interest in the importation of deadly asbestos products into Australia. I questioned the Border Force Commissioner, Roman Quaedvlieg, at Senate Estimates in October, and called for much stronger measures to prevent and detect asbestos imports into Australia. Commissioner Quaedvlieg… Read More »

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Inspiring to see Grandmothers Against the Detention of Children rally at Parliament. Highlighting Morning Teal in Parl House - to recognize the 'silent killer' - Ovarian Cancer which takes the lives of too many women each year. Standing up for #CSIRO jobs and climate science. I'm urging the Turnbulll Govt to stop these #CSIROcuts


Tibet Advocacy Day – Adjournment Speech

I rise to highlight that this afternoon here in Parliament House I joined a Tibetan delegation of former political prisoners, youth activists and community leaders to discuss the human rights situation in Tibet. In particular, they raised with me the effect of China’s policies on Tibetan nomads and the environment. Their stories were both confronting… Read More »

Narcotics Drug Amendment Bill 2016 (Medicinal Cannabis) – Second Reading Speech

I gladly rise to speak in support of the Narcotics Drug Amendment Bill 2016. Labor is supporting this bill which makes a medicinal cannabis licensing scheme legal in Australia. A number of Labor members and senators, and other senators in this place, have been pushing for changes to this law for some time. The Commonwealth… Read More »

Tropical Cyclone Winston Impact on Fiji – Senators’ Statements

I rise to speak about the awful devastation wrought by Tropical Cyclone Winston on the people of Fiji and to offer my support to all the families who are suffering and have lost loved ones. Tropical Cyclone Winston is the most devastating storm, the fiercest cyclone, ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere. The category 5… Read More »

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