Speeches

Statements by Members: Extremism (30 Jul 2019)


Tim Watts: Last month Walter Lubcke, a German politician, was fatally shot in the head by a far Right extremist. Walter Lubcke is just the latest in a growing list of political figures murdered by far Right extremists in recent years, including Jo Cox in the United Kingdom and Pawel Adamowicz in Poland. Far Right extremists were also linked to at least 50 murders in the United States alone in 2018, and...

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Private Members' Business: Idcare (29 Jul 2019)


Tim Watts: There are few better examples of how this tired, third-term Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government has given up on governing than cybersecurity and the Cyber Security Strategy highlighted in this motion. Cybersecurity matters to our economic prosperity, our national security and the health of our democracy. In the modern world where all of the foundational systems of the society in which we live...

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Statements by Members: Morrison Government (23 Jul 2019)


Tim Watts: It's the second day of the second week of this tired third-term government, and we're already seeing just how threadbare their agenda is. What is the government's agenda in this place this week? It's confected political wedges on drought, confected political wedges on national security and confected political wedges on the trade union movement and on asylum seekers. I suppose that is better...

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Bills: Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill 2019, Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exc...


Tim Watts: It's only Tuesday, and it's already been a disappointing week for this parliament. The second day of the second week of the current parliament has put a spotlight on the threadbare agenda of this tired, third-term government. It's a government that has turned a permanent campaign into a permanent opposition. This week has revealed a government with no substantive agenda of its own and a...

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Constituency Statements: Gellibrand Electorate: Federal Election (22 Jul 2019)


Tim Watts: Labor election campaigns are people-driven campaigns, and I want to thank my campaigners in the 2019 election here today. In my electorate, around 200 volunteers put in countless hours to fight for a Labor government in the last election. Thank you to each and every one of you for your hard work. Thank you to the early morning risers-Julie-Ann, Geoff, Helen, Col, John and...

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Statements by Members: Economy (4 Jul 2019)


Tim Watts: We're back here for the first question time of the new parliament, but those opposite are still on holiday! They won the election and they've kicked back and cracked open a beer; they're sitting in the hammock and they've put on the Hawaiian shirts, but they're not turning up for work. The economy is deteriorating around their very eyes. We're seeing stagnant economic growth. We're seeing...

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