Archive for Public Speeches

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 @ 12:33PM

Tribute to Edward Gough Whitlam

“The legacy that this man has left me as a Labor activist and representative in this place is Australia’s place in the world. That we are a nation that can stand on our own feet. Proudly, confidently, and with a vision for the future.”

Monday, September 1st, 2014 @ 3:58PM

Vale Kurt Steel

          Vale Kurt Steel Our community and our cause has lost a young man of tremendous talent, passion and integrity. While it is never easy to lose a member of our Labor family, to lose of a young man of Kurt’s outstanding calibre and potential is…

Friday, July 18th, 2014 @ 9:34AM

Speech to the Senate: Report on Commonwealth Procurement Procedures

Pursuant to order, I present the report of the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee on Commonwealth procurement procedures, together with the Hansard record of proceedings and documents presented to the committee. I move that the Senate take note of the report. This important inquiry has explored the operation…

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Monday, July 14th, 2014 @ 11:53AM

Speech to the Senate – Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013

Since coming to government, the coalition have tried to unpick every policy Labor put in place to ensure that Australia took meaningful action to combat climate change. While the events of this morning are still fresh in our minds and show that they are not always successful in these endeavours,…

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 @ 3:26PM

Speech to the Senate – Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 – Second Reading Debate

Mr President, congratulations on your appointment. As a senator for the Australian Capital Territory, I have spoken many times in this chamber about the importance of Australia taking meaningful action to combat climate change. I am in the strange position this morning of being grateful that i have been able…

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Monday, June 23rd, 2014 @ 12:05PM

Speech to the Senate on the Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit Select Committee Report

I also rise to speak on the tabling of this final report of the Select Committee into the Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit. I am grateful for this opportunity to speak to the report being tabled today. As you see, this report provides quite a damning insight into the process that went on to form part…

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