Water Amendment Bill 2015

I also would like to rise to give my support to this bill, the Water Amendment Bill 2015. I want to say up-front that nothing in this bill changes the amount of water that will be provided for environmental purposes under the Basin Plan.  Read more

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Primary Television Broadcasting Service) Bill 2015

It is a great pleasure to speak in support of this bill. It is a very timely bill which is introduced to allow TV channels to broadcast digital or HD, high-definition, content on their primary channel. Read more

Banking Laws Amendment (Unclaimed Money) Bill 2015 - Speech 2

I rise to continue remarks that were interrupted by question time earlier today. To recap in simple terms, a few years ago the then Labor government made a decision to take money away from people, and the bill before the chamber today, the Banking Laws Amendment (Unclaimed Money) Bill 2015, returns that money to people and returns us to the default position where people can expect that they will not have money taken from their bank account before it is inactive for a period of seven years. Read more

Banking Laws Amendment (Unclaimed Money) Bill 2015 - Speech 1

I was trying to figure out what had happened. I had to go and get my hair cut and so I missed some of the intervening debate. When I left, we were talking about banking laws and, when I came back, Senator Macdonald was making a fine contribution on other matters.  Read more

Royal Commission on Trade Union Governance and Corruption

Once again, Senator Conroy is true to form; he is long on balderdash and short on basic facts. He was short on very basic facts, because the facts are that the information that was provided to Kathy Jackson, as revealed in The Australian, is exactly the kind of information that was provided to other witnesses that have appeared at the royal commission as well. Read more

Social Services Legislation Amendment (No. 2) Bill 2015

I would like to start my contribution on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (No. 2) Bill 2015 by humbling myself in some way before this chamber.  Read more

Legitimate Environmental Concerns Should be Protected

In a more unenlightened time than the one we live in today people used to think there was a white man's burden. That was a phrase coined by Rudyard Kipling. There was a burden placed on countries that were rich and prosperous to tell poor, unenlightened, savage like people how to live their lives.  Read more

National Science Week

Popper's theories led to a real revolution in science. Before Popper we thought about science in an inductive way.  Read more

Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 - Speech 2

It is a good opportunity now to continue my remarks, which I started last night, on the Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015. This bill is part of the government's broader agenda to strengthen our border security.  Read more

Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 - Speech 1

I want to start my contribution by picking up on some of the arguments Senator Lines put just then. Much of Senator Lines's contribution was focused on the fact that the particular training provided to Serco employees or employees more generally at these facilities is not sufficient for them to use reasonable force.   Read more


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