Fair Work Amendment (Penalty Rates Exemption for Small Businesses) Bill 2015

It is a shame that the Greens continue to establish an approach which is often close-minded and inflexible. They usually speak in very strong ideologies, without the acceptance or consideration of new ideas or different viewpoints in this chamber.  Read more


I do not normally do this, but I at least want to give some acclaim to Senator Cameron because he is at least talking about a proper policy issue.  Read more

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No.4) Bill 2015

I know how passionate and supportive Senator Smith is of these particular changes. He was able to sum those up very concisely. Read more

The Coalition is Strengthening the Economy

I am not from Western Australia, but I think those Western Australians that may be listening to or reading about the events of tonight will have just witnessed a completely policy-free zone from Senator Lines there.  Read more

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 3) Bill 2015

I am happy to support the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 3) Bill 2015, which is part of a broader package of policies and legislation aimed at repairing the Commonwealth budget after years of neglect and failure to control our nation's budget.  Read more

Leadership Debate

Clearly there are momentous events occurring outside of this chamber right now. With all due respect to Senator Peris, I think the Australian people would expect a more considered contribution in that event than simply the stale talking points and sound bites from a staffer's or opposition leader's written speech.  Read more

Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015

I too rise to give support to the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 and credit to the government for bringing it forward. It helps conclude a process that has lasted almost a decade now.  Read more

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



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