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Money for social inclusion would be more effective at preventing terror

12 May 2015

Senator Wright asks why the Abbott Government is spending more boosting the powers of spy agencies than on proven terror prevention programs.

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Mental health services in crisis

25 Mar 2015

Senator Penny Wright asks the Abbott Government when they will end the funding uncertainty for mental health organisations, which is already causing job losses in the sector.

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QT: East West toll road side letter drafted by consortium

19 Mar 2015

After revelations the consortium contracted to build the East West toll road wrote their own side letter ensuring exorbitant compensation, Senator Rice asked whether the federal government was aware of who had drafted the letter at the time and whether they will continue funding other toll roads like WestConnex in Sydney.

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Question Time: Should George Brandis resign over Gillian Triggs mis-handling?

02 Mar 2015

If losing the confidence of the Liberal Party is grounds for resignation, what is Attorney-General and, indeed, the Prime Minister, still doing in their jobs?

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Nuclear-Capable Strategic Bombers in Northern Territory

04 Dec 2014

This year Australia's, America's and other nations' airforces held air exercises in the Northern Territory for Excercise Pitch Black.
Hearing word that there were B-52 bombers, a strategic bomber synonymous with their nuclear weapons capabilities, Scott decided to confirm or deny the rumour.
Whilst at it, he decided to make sure that we're not hosting dangerous nuclear targets on home soil, and that we're abiding by our obligations under the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty.
Whilst refusing to answer on the first question, the government insists its abiding by the treaty, which requires Australia to not allow nuclear weapons to be stationed on our territory.

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Will the government give Victorians the public transport they want?

01 Dec 2014

In the light of the Victorian election result - an election which Prime Minister Tony Abbott labelled 'a referendum on the East West Link' - Senator Janet Rice asks whether the federal government will accept the will of Victorians and reallocate the $3 billion committed to the toll road to public transport instead.

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