SPEECH - ROAD SAFETY REMUNERATION TRIBUNAL REACHES 670 DAYS - 11 FEBRUARY 2016

It has now been 670 days since the Abbott-Turnbull government was handed its review of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, and we have still not seen the findings. Meanwhile a further review was undertaken and delivered to the Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash. Combined, the government has wasted over $185,000 of taxpayers' money, and we have not even seen the findings of either report. This government has a track record of not being transparent or accountable to the Australian people.   Continue reading

SPEECH - STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS – LEAKED MIGRATION DOCUMENT - MONDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2016

Last Thursday, a draft document prepared for the Turnbull Government's National Security Committee was leaked to ABC's Lateline program. This latest leaked document verges on bigotry and racism, extraordinarily singling out a specific ethnic group, namely the Lebanese Muslim community, as a migration concern. Continue reading

SPEECH - FAMILY VIOLENCE

I thank the member for Dunkley for bringing this important issue to the attention of the House. When it comes to family violence, I think we can all agree that it is incumbent on all of us to take a leadership role in this parliament. It is a sad face that by the end of this week at least one woman in Australia will have been killed by her partner or former partner. A great nation such as ours cannot passively tolerate such sickening statistics. Unless we take decisive action, this tragedy will be repeated tomorrow, the day after and all the days to follow. Continue reading

SPEECH - 2015 NATIONAL ETHNIC AND MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS’ COUNCIL CONFERENCE - SATURDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2015

I am delighted to join you in celebrating and honouring 30 years of the NEMBC and, more broadly, the 40th anniversary of ethnic community broadcasting in Australia. Continue reading

SPEECH - AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT (ALLEGIANCE TO AUSTRALIA) BILL - MONDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2015

We are Australian either by birth or by choice and most people would agree that citizenship is a defining feature of someone's identity. For many people, it is who they are and for others, including dual citizens, it is often just one part of a broader cultural make-up. For some, it is less about identity and more about the legal and constitutional guarantees and the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of a free and democratic nation. It obviously means different things to different people but the common thread is that it means something. It is intrinsic and it is important. Continue reading

SPEECH - WALK TOGETHER MARCH - 31 OCTOBER 2015

Today we stand together united in our commitment to harmony, mutual respect and multiculturalism and in strong opposition to the bigots, the racists, the haters, the extremists.  Continue reading

SPEECH - BLACKTOWN WOMEN'S AND GIRL'S HEALTH CENTRE OPEN DAY - 27 OCTOBER 2015

***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY*** I begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we meet and pay my respects to their elders past and present. I also join everyone here in mourning the recent loss of Aunty Shirley Collins. Continue reading

SPEECH - DEAFBLINDNESS - 19 OCTOBER 2015

I rise to recognise the dignity and resolve of all people living with deafblindness in Australia and to renew our nation's promise of equality and opportunity for all our citizens. Continue reading

SPEECH - RECONCILIATION IN SRI LANKA - 15 OCTOBER 2015

I rise today to reaffirm my heartfelt support for the determined efforts of the international community and the many people of goodwill in Sri Lanka to usher in an era of progress and reconciliation in that country. Since I was elected, in 2010, I have been on the record advocating for the cause of human rights for all Sri Lankans, as well as for the need for strong action to account for the terrible consequences of that nation's decades-long civil war, from all sides of that bloody conflict.   Continue reading