Senate debates

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

  • Committees (0 speeches)
    • Meeting (1 speech)
      I remind senators that the question may be put on any proposal at the request of any senator. There being none, we will move on.
  • Documents (0 speeches)
  • Business (0 speeches)
  • Bills (0 speeches)
  • Statements by Senators (0 speeches)
    • Northern Australia (1 speech)
      On 11 September 1990, I said in my first speech to this chamber: The future of our nation lies in north Queensland and northern Australia—an area of enormous diversity … I also said...
    • John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (3 speeches)
      As we round off this year—and this could possibly be my last contribution for this year or, who knows, the last one for this parliament. I don't know. Senator Cash might have a fairer idea...
    • United Australia Party (1 speech)
      With an election now likely in May 2019, I want to highlight the policies and principles that the United Australia Party, UAP, will be bringing to the federal election. UAP have a zonal taxation...
    • Tasmanian Craft Fair, Tasmania: Community Services (3 speeches)
      I'm pleased to contribute to the senators' statements debate today and very pleased to be talking about the wonderful state of Tasmania. I'd like to touch on a couple of things today, starting...
    • Apprenticeships (10 speeches)
      I rise today to discuss some serious issues in relation to apprentices. Apprenticeships and traineeships in this country, under the coalition, are in decline. The government has an appalling...
    • Climate Change, Tarkine Region (1 speech)
      Now, now, children. I'm actually going to speak about children. Last week, thousands of schoolkids all around the country went on strike. In capital cities, in regional centres, right around the...
    • Discrimination (1 speech)
      I rise to speak about the amendments the government has proposed in this chamber to the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018, because in all of the...
    • Road Safety (1 speech)
      I'm disturbed by recent news that 37 people have died on Tasmanian roads in the 12 months to September 2018. This represents a 20 per cent increase over the previous 12-month period and, despite...
    • Climate Change, Mining Industry (14 speeches)
      Would anyone care to utilise the time prior to the commencement of question time? Senator Watt.
  • Questions without Notice (0 speeches)
    • Energy (8 speeches)
      My question is to Senator Cormann, the Minister representing the Prime Minister. Yesterday, the Prime Minister was forced by his own backbench to retreat on his energy big stick, with the Prime...
    • Defence Procurement (8 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, Senator Payne. Will the senator update the Senate on the important investments that this government is making to keep...
    • Energy (8 speeches)
      My question is to Senator Cormann, the Minister representing the Prime Minister. Chief executive of the Business Council of Australia, Jennifer Westacott, has warned: The principle that...
    • Telecommunications (8 speeches)
      My question is to the minister representing the Attorney-General, Senator Cash. Late yesterday evening it was reported that the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security had...
    • Trade (8 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Birmingham. How is the Liberal-National government's proactive trade agenda helping to deliver a stronger economy, more...
    • Health Care (8 speeches)
      My question is to Minister Scullion, representing the Minister for Health. I have a follow-up to my question last week regarding the international investigation into medical devices and Australia...
    • Broadband (8 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator Fifield. Can the minister update the Senate on recent news in relation to the benefits that NBN connectivity is bringing to...
    • Administrative Appeals Tribunal (8 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education representing the Minister for Home Affairs concerning the Callinan review of the Administrative...
    • Morrison Government (28 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Cormann. In an article in The Australian entitled 'Timing of federal poll a "disaster" for Berejiklian', a Liberal New...
    • Drought (8 speeches)
      My question is to the minister for local government, Senator McKenzie. How is the Liberal-National government's strong economy allowing you to deliver the essential services that regional...
    • Bali Democracy Forum (10 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Payne. I refer to breaking reports in the Fairfax media that Senator Payne will be meeting with the Indonesian foreign minister, Retno...
    • Vocational Education and Training (25 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Cash. Minister, how is the Liberal-National government strengthening the Australian economy...
  • Statement by the President (0 speeches)
    • Parliament House (1 speech)
      I have a statement to make about events in the building this morning. Some senators will be aware that this morning a large number of protestors entered the building and proceeded to occupy the...
  • Questions without Notice: Take Note of Answers (0 speeches)
    • Energy (11 speeches)
      I move: That the Senate take note of the answers given by the Minister for Finance and the Public Service (Senator Cormann) to questions without notice asked by Senators Singh and Brown today...
    • Telecommunications (1 speech)
      I move: That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education (Senator Cash) to a question without notice asked by Senator...
  • Petitions (0 speeches)
    • Anti-discrimination Laws (3 speeches)
      I seek leave to make a short statement.
    • Tarkine Region (3 speeches)
      by leave—I, and also on behalf of Senator Whish-Wilson, table a petition signed by 270,000 people calling for the takayna/Tarkine to be protected by World Heritage listing. I seek leave to...
    • Anti-discrimination Laws (1 speech)
      by leave—I table a non-conforming petition from hundreds of Queenslanders—not quite as many as there were for the petition that Senator McKim's just tabled—relating to...
  • Notices (0 speeches)
    • Withdrawal (1 speech)
      Pursuant to notice given on 4 December 2018, I now withdraw business of the Senate notice of motion No. 1 standing in my name for today proposing the disallowance of the National Vocational...
    • Presentation (3 speeches)
      I give notice that, at the giving of notices on the next day of sitting, I shall withdraw business of the Senate notice of motion No. 3 standing in my name for 14 May 2019 proposing the...
    • Withdrawal (2 speeches)
      by leave—I withdraw general business notice of motion No. 1227, standing in my name for today, proposing a temporary order relating to formal business.
  • Business (0 speeches)
    • Leave of Absence (1 speech)
      by leave—I move: That leave of absence be granted to Senator Dean Smith for 5 December and 6 December 2018, for personal reasons. Question agreed to.
  • Committees (0 speeches)
  • Bills (0 speeches)
  • Business (0 speeches)
    • Rearrangement (1 speech)
      I move: That on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 consideration of the business before the Senate shall be interrupted at 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable valedictory...
  • Motions (0 speeches)
    • Bush, President George Herbert Walker (1 speech)
      I move: That the Senate— (a) acknowledges that President Donald J Trump has declared 5 December 2018 to be a national day of mourning for the American people; and (b) expresses its...
  • Bills (0 speeches)
  • Motions (0 speeches)
    • Dementia (4 speeches)
      At the request of Senator Polley, I move: That the Senate— (a) notes that:   (i) there are more than 436,000 Australians living with dementia, with around 244 diagnosed with...
    • Administrative Appeals Tribunal (5 speeches)
      I move: That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 April 2019: (a) the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act...
  • Business (0 speeches)
    • Rearrangement (7 speeches)
      I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1311 standing in my name and the name of Senator Storer for today, relating to the consideration of the Home Affairs Legislation...
  • Committees (0 speeches)
  • Motions (0 speeches)
    • Mining (8 speeches)
      I move: That the Senate notes that the Adani Carmichael coal mine could be stopped by: (a) review of its environmental approval under section 145 of the...
    • Queensland: Hotels and Pubs (8 speeches)
      I move: That the Senate— (a) recognises the hardships faced by rural and remote towns in Queensland, which range from the physical threats of harsh droughts and bushfires, to the mental...
    • Australia Day (5 speeches)
      I move: That the Senate: (a) notes that: (i) on 26 January 1788, the First Fleet arrived at Port Jackson, and Arthur Phillip raised the Union Jack on the land of the Eora nation, (ii) this is now...
    • Murray-Darling Basin Plan (7 speeches)
      I move a motion relating to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and the absence of climate change in that plan: That the Senate— (a) notes that: (i) the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (the Plan) has...
  • Notices (0 speeches)
    • Postponement (1 speech)
      by leave—I postpone general business notice of motion No. 1208 until tomorrow.
  • Motions (0 speeches)
    • Mapping Social Cohesion Report (8 speeches)
      I move: That the Senate— (a) congratulates the Scanlon Foundation on the release of the 2018 Mapping Social Cohesion Report; (b) recognises that: (i) the Mapping Social Cohesion Report is...
    • Regional Broadband Scheme Levy (4 speeches)
      I, and also on behalf of Senators O'Neill and Griff, move: That the Senate— (a) notes that: (i) the Minister for Communications and the Arts (the Minister) is seeking to legislate a $7.10...
    • Disability Support Pension (1 speech)
      At the request of Senator Brown, I move: That the Senate— (a) notes that: (i) people with disability make up 18% of the population, but 30% of people entering prison, (ii) the existing...
  • Documents (0 speeches)
  • Motions (0 speeches)
    • Sea Shepherd's MY Steve Irwin (7 speeches)
      I move: That the Senate— (a) notes the service of the Sea Shepherd's MY Steve Irwin in defence of the world's oceans and marine life through a total of 18 campaigns over the past 10 years,...
    • Queensland: Bushfires (7 speeches)
      I move: That the Senate— (a) recognises: (i) the crucial role that all firefighting and emergency service personnel play as the front-line response to emergencies and disasters, (ii) the...
    • Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (3 speeches)
      I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1319 standing in my name relating to Halls Island on Lake Malbena in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in the terms...
    • Climate Change (5 speeches)
      I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1321 standing in my name. Leave granted. I move the motion as amended: That the Senate— (a) notes that: (i) national emissions...
  • Documents (0 speeches)
    • Taxation; Order for the Production of Documents (8 speeches)
      I move: (1) That the Senate notes that— (a) on 16 October 2018, the Senate ordered the Commissioner of Taxation to provide information (company names to the Economics Legislation Committee...
  • Motions (0 speeches)
    • Uygur (8 speeches)
      I ask that general business notice of motion No. 1317 standing in my name relating to Uygurs be taken as a formal motion.
  • Matters of Urgency (0 speeches)
    • Mining (27 speeches)
      I inform the Senate that at 8.30 am today 10 proposals were received in accordance with standing order 75. The question of which proposal would be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot....
  • Committees (0 speeches)
  • Bills (0 speeches)
  • Documents (0 speeches)
  • Answers to Questions on Notice (0 speeches)
    • Members of Parliament: Conduct (1 speech)
      I table a response to a question taken on notice during question time on 3 December 2018, asked by Senator Farrell, relating to the Prime Minister's zero tolerance of bullying policy in the...
  • Committees (0 speeches)
  • Bills (0 speeches)
  • Adjournment (0 speeches)
    • Energy (1 speech)
      Paris, the City of Lights, is ablaze. Ablaze, not with shimmering Christmas lights strung along the ribs of the Eiffel Tower. No, Paris is ablaze, not figuratively, but literally. As we speak,...
    • Aged Care (1 speech)
      In the five years of this government we have seen its failure to deal with the aged-care reform that was handed to them by Labor. We did the heavy lifting when we were in government, with the...
    • Ridd, Professor Peter (1 speech)
      In May this year, Professor Peter Ridd was sacked by James Cook University. His crime? To calmly and consistently call for the implementation of a quality assurance process to verify and...
    • 50 Lives 50 Homes (1 speech)
      I rise tonight to talk about a very important project in Western Australia, and the threats that it faces. In Western Australia there is a project running called 50 Lives 50 Homes. It's under...
    • Climate Change (1 speech)
      I rise to address the chamber on the matter of COP24, or the Conference of the Parties, taking place in Poland this week. The COP is an annual conference, but, as we draw towards 2030, when we...