Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bill 2015

I welcome the Greens' support for this measure, although I will make one comment on Senator Whish-Wilson's contribution. I know numbers are not the Greens strong suit, and they might not have noticed, but before the election the coalition—the Liberal and National parties—did not have the numbers.  Read more

Corporate Tax Avoidance Report

I want to start off by taking a slightly different emphasis from that of previous speakers on this report. I make the point that our tax system is often held up as the envy of the world.  Read more

Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption 2015

Unfortunately this is not question time but statement time, so I cannot ask Senator Lines some questions or get answers. But I would still like to put some rhetorical questions on the record. Read more

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014

It is a great honour to stand up in support of this bill. It is an opportunity to support stronger regulations in what is a very important sector in our economy. Read more

Labor Silencing Views on Marriage

On this matter of public importance, I want to note up-front that this is a very personal and very heartfelt question for many people.  Read more

Family Tax System

I want to talk tonight about tax, and I want to start by complimenting the government on bringing forward a broad-ranging review into the tax system in their first term of government. Read more

National Integrity Commission Bill 2013

I was listening to Senator Wright, and I find it a remarkable contribution to say that somehow the issues surrounding the Australian Wheat Board and the oil-for-food scandal were not properly investigated. Read more

Coalition Marriage Policy

I join Senator Moore in opposing this motion, I thank Senator Moore for the respect she has shown for different views in her contribution and I reaffirm that I very much respect the different views that are brought to this issue.  Read more

Medical Research Future Fund Bill 2015 - Continuation

I spoke on these bills yesterday and I reiterate that this legislation is about the government's plan to ensure that we have a future sustainable industry that supports medical research, which is a very important industry for our nation. Read more

Medical Research Future Fund Bill 2015

It is a pleasure to rise to give further support to the Medical Research Future Fund Bill 2015. It is a very important initiative that supports what is a very successful industry for our country—an industry that provides a massive number of jobs but, more importantly, has huge future potential going forward.  Read more


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