MOTIONS – Commonwealth Procurement Policy

I only have a limited amount of time available to me, but I do recognise that government procurement is an attractive option as a solution to shoring up local manufacturers. I understand that. Australian manufacturers would love to have something like the Buy American Act, just as Australian farmers would like our own version of…

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ADJOURNMENT – Mining

I rise this evening to speak about Labor's failed mining tax and its impact on Western Australia. This is an anti-Western-Australian tax that has not worked. It is time that this tax was abolished so that we can get on with the business of fixing the mess that the former government has left us. Today…

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PROOF MOTIONS Forced Adoption SPEECH

I rise to join with former members of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee that I had the pleasure to serve with during the production of this report. I stand here in place of a great advocate and member of the working group and implementation group, Senator Sue Boyce, to make a very short contribution.…

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ADJOURNMENT – Superannuation

During the last round of Senate estimates in the Education and Employment Legislation Committee, my colleague Senator Back asked a number of questions regarding the appointment of expert panel members for the Fair Work Commission's review of default superannuation funds in modern awards. The Financial Services Council had earlier raised concerns about potential conflicts of…

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ADJOURNMENT – Illicit Drugs

Tonight I rise to speak on the increasingly devastating effects that ice, or crystal methamphetamine, is having on regional Australian communities. The increasing prevalence of ice has been called 'a scourge', 'devastating', 'an epidemic' and 'a drug that has been tearing apart regional communities right across our nation'. As the Minister for Indigenous Affairs leaves…

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DOCUMENTS – Director of National Parks

Retiring Director of National Parks Peter Cochrane stated in the opening pages of his report for 2012-13 that he, and obviously the Australian government as a result, values engaging and responding to stakeholders and likes achieving objectives by working in partnership to improve environmental, cultural and heritage outcomes. I highlight these values and approaches, as…

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MCKENZIE PRAISES GRAZING DECISION

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has welcomed the decision by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt to allow a cattle grazing trial in the Alpine National Park. Senator McKenzie said Minister Hunt had made a practical and well-informed decision. ‘‘The Victorian Government’s application for approval for a trial of up to 300 cattle required the…

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