All Questions Without Notice


QT: when will the discrimination end for loving couples?

12 Aug 2015

In the wake of the Coalition's decision to deny a free vote on marriage equality, Senator Rice asks what the government's message is for the thousands of loving and committed couples who are still waiting for the discrimination to end.


New citizenship laws are unlear and uncertain

25 Jun 2015

Senator Penny Wright raises concerns and questions regarding the governmen't new citizenship laws.


Government lacks committment to public school education

22 Jun 2015

Senator Penny Wright questions the Government's committment to public school education.


No answers from Cormann on the Government's negative gearing fail

15 Jun 2015

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann fails to explain the government's baseless refusal to examine sensible negative gearing reforms and the increasing housing affordability crisis.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


Question Time: What is the government doing to save Leadbeater's Possum?

26 Nov 2014

With the current Victorian Liberal government requiring logging as part of its plan to save the state's animal emblem, the Leadbeater's Possum, and the alternative Labor government releasing an environment plan described as "as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike", Senator Rice asks what is the federal government doing to save the Leadbeater's Possum?


No cuts to the ABC lie exposed at Question Time

18 Nov 2014

Scott uses Question Time in the Senate to ask Mitch Fifield to expose Abbott's promise of no cuts to the ABC or SBS as a broken promise.


Question Time: where's the case for the East West toll road?

28 Oct 2014

In the wake of public transport chaos in Melbourne, Senator Rice asked the government why they have committed $3 billion for the East West tollway without a public business case when PT is in such need of investment.


Question Time: Penny asks George Brandis why his terror laws contradict expert advice

24 Sep 2014

Penny also asks when a new Independent National Security Legislation Monitor will be appointed and what funding the position will recieve.


Christine Milne: Is Abbott proud of increasing Australia's emissions?

04 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, uses Question Time in the Senate to ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment about the leap in Australia's greenhouse gas emissions from electricity following the repeal of our price on pollution. Senator Milne asks if Abbott will list this as an achievement of his Government.

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