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Senate Reform – Nick's Speech

23 Sep 2016

I am very proud to rise to support the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016, legislation that puts the power over preferences back where it belongs in a democracy—that is, in the hands of the voters. It takes it out of the hands of the backroom wheelers and dealers now so beloved of the Labor Party and returns it to where it should be in our great democracy of Australia: in the hands of the voters. 

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There is opportunity in our climate crisis, but we must take a different direction

16 Sep 2016

With Labor teaming up with the Turnbull government to cut $500 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Janet Rice talks about the despair, but also the hope, that comes with the climate emergency.

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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

16 Sep 2016

I was very proud to work with the Senate to initiate this inquiry. It may surprise some people why the Greens would be interested in initiating an inquiry into veretans' mental health. Like anyone in this chamber, I was shocked by revelations on about veteran suicide and veteran homelessness. I did my own research and felt that this was an issue that the Senate could scrutinise and make some constructive, positive recommendations into. It seemed to me that it was an issue that was going unrecognised in the broader community.

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Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2016

16 Sep 2016

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to protect the Great Australian Bight environment, and for related purposes. .

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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

16 Sep 2016

I move that the inquiry into the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, with particular reference to the impact of the agreement be supported by the Senate.

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Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016

16 Sep 2016

I rise to speak against the Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016. Let me begin, for the benefit of those people who may be listening to this debate, with a little bit about the history of this bill. People will be listening in, hear about a bill called an omnibus bill and think: 'What the hell is that about? What is an omnibus bill?' The use of omnibus bills is a political tactic. 

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