First Speech in the Senate

Mr President, I stand in Australia's Senate Chamber and speak to you and fellow senators because I want a better and more prosperous future - a fair go for all Tasmanians and Australians, not just the privileged and rich.


Question to Qld Senator Brandis, Attorney-General re The Australian Constitution

I refer the Attorney-General to section 44(i) of the Constitution, as shown on page 6 of the Senate pocket procedures guide, which indicates that, if at the time of nomination a Senate candidate formally or informally acknowledges allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power .....

QWN - constitution - 2-9-14


Ministerial Statement - Iraq and Syria

I acknowledge that the immediate fight in Iraq against these brutal, inhumane, bloody murderers will save innocent lives; however, what is the long-term strategy? Has the total costs of going to war been calculated or has the toal cost of going to war been covered up?

Iraq & Syria - 1-9-14


Matter of Public Interest - Budget, Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme

This is a speech which I need to make today in order to highlight a number of matters of public importance to the Australian people and my Tasmanian people. During the last five weeks, I have met with Treasurer Joe Hockey and government ministers Peter Dutton, Ian Macfarlane and Greg Hunt.

budget & freight equal scheme - 27-8-14


Question to WA Senator Johnston, Minister for Defence re World War II: Japanese Troops & ADF

I refer to the Prime Minister's comments where he described Japanese troops of World War II as 'honourable'. Does the Minister agree with his Prime Minister's description of World War II Japanese troops?

QWN - WW11 & Japanese troops & ADF - 17-7-14


Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014

...... will oppose this government bill because it will enable the sale and greater foreign ownership of our national airline. This Abbott government bill, if passed, will endanger the jobs of 300,000 Australians and place in jeopardy the best national interest of Australia.

Qantas Sale Amend Bill 2014 - 17-7-14


Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Regulation 2014 Disallowance

The motion for disallowance of this regulation deserves the support of the Senate for one primary reason, that is because if it is allowed to stand the jobs of thousands of

Australians will be at risk. The specific reason this could occur is that the regulation introduces the maritime crew visa as being acceptable for overseas citizens working within Australia's offshore oil and gas industry.

Migration Amend (Offshore Resources Activity) Regulation 2014 - 16-7-14


Health Care, Veterans' Affairs, Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme, CSIRO

There are four important matters that I will bring to the attenton of the Senate chamber in the next 15 minutes. They are of great importance to the people of Tasmania and the nation. They include a threat o the public health, veteran suicides, the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation


Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

In rising I would firstly like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the traditional Indigenous owners of Australia and Tasmania both past and present. I would also like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the serving and former members of our military and their families for protecting us and sacrificing all to keep democracy and freedom alive in Australia.

carbon tax - 8-7-14


Question to Tasmanian Senator Abetz, Minister for Employment

Does the Senator from Tasmania agree that his and his fellow Liberal Tasmanian parliamentary colleagues' incompetence is part of the reason that Tasmania is suffering from record unemployment, .......

QWN - unemployment - 8-7-14