Last Week's Parliament

estimates

Joint Strike Fighter Performance Concerns

18 Jul 2014

One of the greatest concerns about the F35 Joint Strike Fighter is it's sub-par air-superiority performance, relative to the F-22. This was not helped in any way by the Chief of US Air Combat Command, General Mike Hostage,—saying on the 3 February this year: "If I do not keep that F-22 fleet viable, the F-35 … will be irrelevant. [It] is not built as an air superiority platform."

Scott asked our Air-Marshal to explain the comment, or the context which it was taken out of.

estimates

What is a 'Fifth Generation Fighter' and does the JSF qualify as one?

18 Jul 2014

There are a number of divergent views on the flight-performance of the JSF, and many of them are not flattering. Yet we've been waived away again and again with the reasoning that it's a 'fifth generation fighter'.

But when put to question on what that term means, exactly- we've been told that "terms are open to interpretation for marketing purposes by aircraft manufacturers", and that the ways the JSF fail some 5th generation fighter definitions aren't important.

estimates

Lightening of Joint Strike Fighter not predicted to compromise it's protection from lightning

18 Jul 2014

Given that the war-planes are planned to be based in Darwin, it was alarming to hear reports that the Joint Strike Fighter is currently restricted from flying within 40 km of an electrical storm. Scott asked some important questions to ensure that our 12 billion dollar war plane purchase wouldn't be grounded by regular weather. 

estimates

LNG projects set to increase CO2 emissions, with no modelled reductions by direct action.

18 Jul 2014

Expansion in the LNG sector is sect to increase our greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 36 tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2020. The impact of the government's direct action plan has not been modelled however, as it was *still* in 'development' at the time.

estimates

Ranger 3 rehabilitation held to ransom?

18 Jul 2014

Scott asks some probing questions about whether the company behind the Ranger mine can even afford to rehabilitate the site and whether it is getting site approvals from government it mightn’t otherwise.

estimates

Ranger 3 Environmental Impact Assessment held back until after restart approved by Minister.

18 Jul 2014

Senator Ludlam asked basic questions about the assessment process, and we find that the accident-prone uranium processing plant has since been given restart go-ahead by Minister MacFarlane before the Environmental Impact Assessment is even complete.

questions-on-notice

Government refuses responsibility for unsafe on-road cycle lanes, whilst taking credit for their funding.

18 Jul 2014

20/36 ‘Nation Building Roads’ don’t have their planned cycle paths separate from high speed, high volume traffic- in a straight up breach of Ausroads Standards and well known best-practise. Federal government funding is going to risk cyclist’s lives, but the best answer they can give is the standard government response- “that’s a matter for state governments”.

questions-on-notice

Government unclear and contradictory on Tax Concession Reforms

18 Jul 2014

Despite forward estimates showing a revenue gain of over 100 million, the government maintains they’re consistent with the statement “you won't see a single dollar gained in the forward estimates as a result of this reform”.

speeches-in-parliament

War Powers laws introduced into the Parliament

17 Jul 2014

Australia is one of the few remaining democracies that can legally deploy its defence forces into conflict zones without recourse to the Parliament: the decision is reserved to the executive alone.

speeches-in-parliament

Asset Recycling forces states to sell public assets

17 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens will vote against the Asset Recycling Bill. 

motions

Abbott and Labor block Senate scrutiny of ASIO bill

17 Jul 2014

The Labor Party has sided with the Abbott Government in closing down Senate scrutiny. 

motions

Coalition budget likely to increase suicide and mental ill-health in young people

17 Jul 2014

Senator Penny Wright's motion urging the Government to reverse budget decisions which will adversely affect the mental health of young Australians

speeches-in-parliament

Speech: QANTAS Sale Act

17 Jul 2014

The Greens are firmly committed to keeping Qantas Australian owned.

speeches-in-parliament

Speech: Mining Tax Repeal

17 Jul 2014

Lee speaks against the Mining Tax Repeal

committee

Committee: QANTAS Sale Act

17 Jul 2014

Lee working on the QANTAS Sale Act in Senate Committee

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