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Questions: Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:10): Minister, as you know, summer is around the corner. You have been going to a great deal of trouble for months now driving what is really a very divisive approach to emergency services. It is something that I find deeply troubling. I agree with you that our volunteers here are magnificent men and women, but so are our firefighters. Paid firefighters, like our volunteers, put their lives on the line. I find the language that you have been using deeply disturbing, and it further underlines how political what you are driving here is.

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The Joint Strike Fighter Inquiry Report

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson: The Greens initiated this inquiry into the joint strike fighters. It was a most enlightening Senate inquiry into a $60 billion procurement program by the Department of Defence into the joint strike fighter. Four words that would best encapsulate this acquisition of the joint strike fighters would be 'too big to fail'.

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Motion: Housing affordability

Lee Rhiannon 13 Oct 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:58): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) Australian dwellings increased in price by 10 per cent in 2015-16, indicating a clear national housing affordability crisis, with Sydney prices increasing by 13 per cent and Melbourne by 13.9 per cent, and

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