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Questions to the Attorney-General Brandis – Illicit Drugs standard

Senator LAMBIE: My question without notice is to the Attorney-General. I refer the Attorney-General to two important facts regarding my proposal for involuntary medical detox treatment for children who are addicted to ice. Firstly, suitably qualified medical professionals, under our existing health laws, are able to authorise involuntary treatment for patients who suffer from damaged mental health and are subject to dangerous, uncontrollable and unpredictable behaviour. Secondly, people addicted to and using ice must also suffer damage to their mental health and are also subject to dangerous, uncontrollable and unpredictable behaviour. Given these obvious truths, can the Attorney-General explain why his government refuses to support my call for the same suitably qualified medical professionals, acting under new health laws, from ...

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Questions Without Notice: Medicare cuts standard

My question without notice is to Senator Nash, the Minister representing the Minister for Health. I refer the National Party assistant health minister to the government’s proposed $650 million cuts to Medicare bulk-billing rates. I note that respected Tasmanian health professionals like scientist Richard Hanlon have warned that the effect on patients will be quite significant because it will discourage patients from going to their doctors, patients may pay up to a $30 co-payment and it has the potential to stop patients from testing for chronic diseases like diabetes and undertaking pap smears for women’s cancers. It will remove a 10-year focus on primary health care so that hospitals in the future will become inundated, and cancers and diabetes will ...

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QWN: Take Note of Answers, China standard

I move: That the Senate take note of the answers given by the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis) to questions without notice asked by Senator Lambie today, relating to Chinese government donations to Australian political parties and Australia’s free trade deal with China. The report from Australia’s leading current affairs program, Four Corners, last night vindicated the warnings I have made about the dangers of money from China which is not properly scrutinised. The answers today and other comments from Liberal government representatives in response to my questions showed that there is no political will from the Turnbull Liberal government to fix the problem of corrupt Chinese government funds purchasing Australian property or Australian political party favours. There is only a will to cover up the truth, with predictable ...

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QWN: China standard

Senator Lambie: My question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Brandis. I refer the minister to a recent ABC Four Corners report which said: But there are hidden dangers in doing business with China: endemic corruption; a lack of transparency in both business and the legal system, and questions about where the money is coming from and whether ill-gotten gains are being laundered. “China (is) by far the biggest exporter of illicit capital.” With billions of dollars flowing out of China, international money laundering experts are warning that some of it is making its way into Australia: I also refer the minister to the Australian Electoral Commission figures which show that since 2007 the Liberal Party have accepted almost $2 million ...

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QWN Take note of answers: Illicit drugs standard

I move: That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister for Employment (Senator Abetz) to a question without notice asked by Senator Lambie today relating to policies concerning methamphetamines. One of the criticisms levelled by supporters of this Abbott government at independent crossbench senators is that we fail to put forward positive suggestions. This, of course, is not true. Those accusations are just part of a clever political campaign to deflect attention from the obvious dysfunction and incompetence of the Abbott- Truss Liberal and National party government. Today my questions to Senator Abetz were again positive suggestions regarding practical legislative solutions for the problem of ice addiction in our children. My offer to work cooperatively with ...

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QWN: Illicit drugs standard

My question without notice is to the Prime Minister’s representative, the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Abetz. I refer the senator to the fact that Australian parents do not have the right under our national laws to seek nonconsensual rehab or involuntary medical treatment should their children become hooked to highly addictive and dangerous drugs like ice. I also refer the senator to the fact that children as young as eight are using and are addicted to the drug ice. Will the Abbott government work with myself, Senator Xenophon and other crossbench senators to create historic national legislation which will give Australian parents the right to involuntarily detox and begin to rehabilitate their children if medical professionals ...

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Hayden Royal Commission standard

My question is to Senator Brandis, the spokesperson for the Abbott government in this place today. I refer the senator to section 99 of the interim report of the Hayden royal commission, which examined a confidential or secret report. As the senator is aware, the Commissioner examining organised crime, union and/or political corruption wrote: “It is necessary for that volume to be confidential in order to protect the physical well-being of those witnesses and their families. This is unfortunate, because the confidential volume reveals grave threats to the power and authority of the Australian state.” QWN Hayden Royal Commission 14-05-15

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Answers to Questions standard

I rise to speak to this motion to take note of all answers given today, and I wish to take note of the answer given by the senator representing the Prime Minster, Senator Brandis, to a question without notice I asked today relating to a secret or confidential royal commission report examining organised crime, union and/or political corruption. QWN Answers to questions 14-05-15

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Financial Transactions Tax Question Without Notice to the Treasurer & Finance Minister standard

My question is to the minister representing the Treasurer, the finance minister. I note that the Abbott government struggles to find budget savings which do not target Australia’s aged pensioners, and that increasing the retired age to 70 or altering pension indexation rates in favour of the government still has not been ruled out by the Treasurer. I also note that the Abbott government struggles to ensure the banks and large financial corporations are made to pay their fair share of taxes and properly contribute to the government revenue. Given that France, Italy and many other European countries have lessened the burden on their ordinary taxpayers and created new revenue schemes by introducing financial transaction taxes, which target banks and ...

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Question to the Attorney General, Senator Brandis re National Security standard

Mr President, I refer the Attorney-General to the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995 which states that if any Australian engages in conduct that assists by any means whatever, with intent to assist, another country or an organisation that is engaged in armed hostilities against the Australian Defence Force, they are guilty of treason and should face life in jail. I also refer the Attorney-General to the fact that his government acknowledges more than 120 Australian citizens are engaged in armed hostilities against the Australian Defence Force and fighting for Islamic State. His government has identified hundreds of Islamic Australian citizens living on home soil who have assisted Islamic State. Can the Attorney-General explained why those citizens have not been charged ...

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