Parliamentary Speeches

Constituency Statements: FIFA World Cup (10 Nov 2022)


Tim Watts: We're less than a fortnight away from Australia's first game in the FIFA 2022 World Cup, and this week I was really proud to see the announcement of the Socceroos 26-man squad for the tournament. It was a squad that reflected modern Australia-confident, diverse and connected with every corner of the globe. It was particularly significant to see a record four African Australian players...

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Matters of Public Importance: Israel (25 Oct 2022)


Tim Watts: I rise to speak on this MPI more in sadness than in anger. Tonight, the Treasurer will begin the task of cleaning up the mess that the previous government left to us on the fiscal front. We'll be helping with cost-of-living pressures facing the Australian public and building a better future for our nation. I understand why those opposite don't want to talk about the budget in this MPI tonight...

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Matters of Public Importance: Israel (25 Oct 2022)


Tim Watts: We're not talking about a fringe view from the Labor Party here; we are talking about a considered position of like-minded nations and of all major Australian parties since 1948. Let's be very clear and reiterate that: it's the position of 70 years of successive Australian governments that there can be no lasting peace that does not address the status of Jerusalem, and the Albanese government...

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Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Ii and Accession of His Majesty King Charles Iii: Address (2...


Tim Watts: The House meets today to mark the end of an era, the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the end of her historic reign. I convey my condolences to Her Majesty's family and friends for their deep personal loss of an obviously dearly loved matriarch. Death is a difficult thing for human beings to grapple with at the best of times, but it must be particularly hard to grapple with as...

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Condolences: Abe, Mr Shinzo (3 Aug 2022)


Tim Watts: I join Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Penny Wong, in offering my sincere condolences and the condolences of all Australians to the late Shinzo Abe's family and to the people of Japan. It's hard to fathom that a statesman of such stature, such conviction and such determination could be felled by one cowardly act of violence. Four days after his death, I...

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Governor-General's Speech: Address-In-Reply (1 Aug 2022)


Tim Watts: I've always made it my practice to begin my first speech in every new parliament by giving thanks to the people who have put their trust in me to represent them in this place. Thank you to my constituents in Melbourne's west. Representing you in this place is the greatest honour of my life, and I'll continue to work hard each and every day to try and live up to it, and to build a better...

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A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA.