Belconnen Magpies - Members Statement

FEDERATION CHAMBER

23 OCTOBER 2017

As patron of the high-flying Belconnen Magpies, I rise to acknowledge some of those who received awards at the club's annual event.

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Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) and Related Bills

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

23 OCTOBER 2017

The fundamental question before the House today is whether we raise taxes on average Australians or whether we raise taxes on the top one per cent.

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Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No. 2) Bill 2017

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

23 OCTOBER 2017

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No. 2) Bill 2017 deals with two issues—choice of fund and closing the salary sacrifice loophole.

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Still buffering - OpEd, The RiotACT

Still buffering

The RiotACT, 24 October 2017

‘When the internet is too slow to do my homework, it means I have to stay up late to finish it’.

‘My daughter drives into university at night because our home connection is too slow. I worry about her returning to a deserted campus in the late hours and spending long periods alone in computer labs, but it’s the only way she can get the speeds she needs to get core coursework done .’

‘I’m trying to build cybersecurity start-up, but it’s hard to do it from home when we don’t have a stable broadband connection.’

On a warm spring evening, nearly one hundred Canberrans gathered at the Belconnen Community Centre to discuss with Tara Cheyne MLA and me the ways they use broadband, and the challenges many are facing in getting a decent connection.

In days gone by, fast internet was a luxury. Now, it’s becoming a necessity. Streaming television. Watching university lectures. Video calls between grandparents and grandchildren. Speedy internet is like water and electricity – we expect it to be there when we need it.

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Tribute to James Walker and Peter Norman - Adjournment Speech

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

19 OCTOBER 2017

I rise today to pay tribute to a local legend, and a national legend. James Walker was known as the 'Mayor of Hackett' for his activism in the Hackett Community Association. 

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Girls Take Over Parliament - 90 Second Statement

FEDERATION CHAMBER

18 OCTOBER 2017

Today marks the world's largest girls takeover event—an event which I'm proud and delighted to be part of. 

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Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No.6) Bill 2017

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

18 OCTOBER 2017

I wish to begin my contribution on the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 6) Bill 2017 in a somewhat unusual way for a tax debate by noting that this is the day on which girls take over parliament. 

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Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017 - Consideration of Senate Message

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

18 OCTOBER 2017

Labor is pleased that the government has dropped its attempts to raise the penalties on secondary boycotts. 

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Dick Smith is living in a bubble if he thinks immigration is to blame for the property boom - OpEd, HuffPost

Dick Smith is living in a bubble if he thinks immigration is to blame for the property boom (plus other common misconceptions about the pros and cons of migration to Australia)

HuffPost, 19 October 2017

Across the globe, there are 250 million migrants. If they all lived in the same nation, it would be the fifth-largest country in the world. International tourism visits now exceed 1 billion people annually. The rate at which humans are travelling internationally is increasing every year. 

In Australia, concerns about migration grew from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s, with the share of people who thought that immigration was 'too high' rising from 20 to 70 per cent.

Since the early 1990s, Australians' views of our migrant intake has warmed. In early 2017, Lowy Institute polling found that 35 per cent thought that immigration levels were 'about right' and 18 per cent thought they were 'too low'.

The share of people who think that immigration is 'too high', which was around 70 percent in the early 1990s, is now at 40 per cent.

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Fenner Community Climate Petition - Speech, Federation Chamber

Dr LEIGH (Fenner) (16:29):  Recently it was my pleasure to receive the Fenner Community Climate Petition from a delegation from Daramalan College in my electorate. I thank teacher Andrew Digan and students Sarah Thomson and Emma Slaven for compiling this important petition. Twenty thousand people around Australia have signed petitions, coordinated by Micah Challenge, to urge Australia's leaders to do more to tackle climate change.

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