Speeches

CONSTITUENCY STATEMENTS - International Conference on Human Rights Education

November 29, 2018

"I emphasised that we must appreciate that when the rule of law is being sidelined bad things are going to happen and, inevitably, the first casualty is always human rights. "

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BILLS - Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2018 - Second Reading

November 29, 2018

"This piece of legislation, whilst it goes some distance to acknowledging that this is a reality in the workplace and something needs to be done about it, certainly falls far short of community standards—what many like to refer colloquially to as the 'pub test'."

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BILLS - Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

November 27, 2018

"We have a real privilege in this place to do things for the benefit of the community. This is a piece of legislation that does the opposite."

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PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS - VIETNAM: HUMAN RIGHTS

November 26, 2018

"As I've had the opportunity of representing such a large and spirited community, it is certainly disheartening, if not infuriating, to see that the human rights situation in Vietnam has continued to worsen, with a crackdown on basic human rights and freedoms very much intensifying."

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PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS - WHITE RIBBON DAY 2018

November 26, 2018

"As a White Ribbon Day Ambassador, I urge all men to take the oath never to commit, never to excuse and never to remain silent when it comes to violence against women. Take the oath but live by the pledge. We must break this cycle."

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BILLS - Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018

November 26, 2018

"We on this side are interested in having proper processes protecting family law matters."

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