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  • Australian Labor Party Representative for Kingsford Smith
  • Former Australian Labor Party Senator for NSW
  • Assistant Minister for Defence (since 1 Jun 2022)
    Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs (since 1 Jun 2022)
    Assistant Minister for the Republic (since 1 Jun 2022)
  • Entered the Senate on 1 July 2011 — Federal election
  • Entered House of Representatives on 7 September 2013 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 9 August 2013 — Resigned
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Constituency Statements: Water Safety (24 Nov 2022)

“THISTLETHWAITE (—) (): The date of 1 December each year is, of course, the first day of summer. It's also National Water Safety Day, and there's a clear connection between the two. Sadly, summer is the peak season when most drownings occur in Australia. We have already lost too many Australians to drowning over the past 12 months, and these are often deaths that can be prevented. While...”

Bills: National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2022, National Anti-Corruption Commission (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2022; Second Reading (23 Nov 2022)

“The Australian people's faith in politicians and our parliament is at one of its lowest points. The Australian National University do a study called the Australian Election Study after every election cycle. In 2019, they found that satisfaction with democracy in Australia was at its lowest point since the 1970s constitutional crisis. The survey found that just 59 per cent of Australians were...”

Bills: Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2022-2023; Consideration in Detail (23 Nov 2022)

“I also want to acknowledge the members of the ADF that joined us this week for the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program and thank them for their service to our nation. There's been a lot of shouting across the chamber in this important debate this morning, and I think that members of the ADF and the Australian public expect better from us when it comes to discussions about defence...”

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  • Has spoken in 31 debates in the last year — average amongst Representatives.
  • Has spoken in 55 debates in the last year — average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 1 comment on this Representative's speeches — average amongst Representatives.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 584 times in debates — well above average amongst Representatives. (Why is this here?)
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 117 times in debates — below average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)

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