Categories ArchivesApril 2016

Adjournment speech – Department of Veteran’s Affairs standard

Since 1999 there have been more than 250 veteran suicides that we know about.  This alone is evidence of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ maladministration. The Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association and I have been hosting rallies in the capital cities to strengthen our call for a royal commission into the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. On Sunday I was at the rally held in front of Parliament House in Melbourne and was approached by a veterans’ advocate. This advocate pointed out that the major health and welfare issue damaging the young veteran community in Australia was an adversarial, incompetent and bureaucratic process within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Their administrative processes are slow and ineffective and have created a ...

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Building and Construction Industry Bill (ABCC legislation) – 18-04-16 standard

I rise to make known my views and my vote on the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2] and the Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [No. 2]—or, as most Australians have come to know these bills, the ABCC legislation. It will not come as a shock to the Senate when I say that I will not support this legislation and that, as I have done in the past, I will be voting against it when the second reading vote is called. In the course of this speech, I will detail the reasons why I have decided to oppose this legislation. Despite voting against this legislation in the past, in an expression ...

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