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Dirty Deal Pay Day

Clive Palmer might stand to yield more from his dirty deal with Tony Abbott on Direct Action than an inquiry into an emissions trading scheme. In Question Time today, the Prime Minister was unable to rule out if Mr Palmer’s companies would receive any taxpayer dollars under Direct Action. The $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund… Read More »

Abbott and Palmer’s Multi-Billion Dollar Waste Passes Senate – Hon Mark Butler MP, Sen Lisa Singh

The Abbott Government and Palmer United Party voted in the Senate to hand over billions of taxpayer dollars to big polluters when they passed the Government’s Direct Action legislation early this morning. Direct Action is a waste of money that will do nothing to reduce Australia’s carbon pollution. It’s a dressed up slush fund that… Read More »

Count your Birds for National Birdlife Week

Spending 20 minutes in our backyards or out in our state’s fabulous outdoor places and spaces during Spring is a great way for Tasmanians to get involved in National Birdlife Week, running this week. Birdlife Australia’s ‘Aussie Backyard Bird Count’ is a fantastic example of the sort of citizen science Tasmanians are renowned for supporting.… Read More »

Tasmanian Students And Families Unfairly Targeted By Abbotts Budget Of Broken Promises

Tasmanian students and families have today voiced their concerns over Tony Abbott’s Budget of broken promises unfairly targeting child care services, schools and universities. Speaking at today’s education forum at the University of Tasmania, Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and Higher Education Amanda Rishworth spoke with Tasmanian families who are feeling unfairly disadvantaged because of… Read More »

In The Community

Lisa joined the Little Mahatma Gandhi competition in Belconnen, Canberra to mark the International Day of Non-Violence. Lisa met with a group of Shikar Microfinance clients outside Dehli during her recent visit to India. Lisa visited the Akshardham Hindu temple in Delhi with Shadow Minister Tanya Plibersek.


Lisa joined her Labor parliamentary collegues in meeting United Voice representatives at the launch of a new report on tax justice. Lisa met with Oaktree campaigners in Parliament advocating for the government to crack down on multinational tax avoidance. Lisa at the at the Australian Launch of the global Beijing +20 Campaign.


Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014 – Third Reading Speech

We have witnessed here tonight a 7¼-hour debate in these extended sittings. This government did a dirty deal with the Palmer United Party to ram through this very bad legislation. They made us sit very late and complained the entire time when any scrutiny of the bill was raised. What we have ended up with,… Read More »

Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014 – Second Reading Speech

I rise in opposition to this Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014, but before addressing the amendments that are contained within it, I am making it crystal clear that Labor is extremely supportive of the Carbon Farming Initiative. We have strongly supported it since we set it up as a means of enabling the land… Read More »

Ebola Crisis – Adjournment Speech

I rise to bring to the Senate’s attention the tragedy occurring in West Africa with the outbreak of the Ebola crisis. In doing so I recognise that yet another day has passed with more Ebola infections in West Africa, another day of more deaths due to Ebola in West Africa, and yet another day of… Read More »

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