Speeches

Carmichael mine motion - 26/02/18

February 26, 2018

There is a clear structural shift underway in the global thermal coal market – driven by a change in the nature of China’s economic growth, and a global shift away from coal-fired power generation.

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MANAGING CLIMATE-RELATED FINANCIAL RISK - LESSONS FROM ADANI

February 19, 2018

The Adani debate is just one high-profile example of the impact that the transition to lower carbon energy sources is going to have on Australian business. In the energy and resources sectors, technological change and public policy are putting enormous pressure on traditional business models and assumptions about future demand. The level of risk that this transition inevitably brings to investors is aggravated by the poor levels of disclosure...

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SA School Cuts - 12/02/17

February 12, 2018

South Australian schools have been betrayed by this government, which, with the disgraceful support of the Nick Xenophon Team, tore up a clear written agreement promising never to touch funding, taking $210 million from South Australian schools over just two years, 2018 and 2019. In my electorate of Port Adelaide, the cuts to public schools alone total more than $14.6 million over the coming two years. Two schools in my electorate, Woodville H...

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Tet: Year of the Dog

February 07, 2018

I honour the Vietnamese community across Australia, particularly the passionate women and men in my electorate, in their contributions to our great nation.

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CAMBODIA MOTION - 5/02/18

February 05, 2018

Cambodia is reaching a point of political crisis. I am sorry to say that since this motion was submitted in October that the situation in Cambodia has only deteriorated.

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The Future of Unions in Australia and the Implications for Labor

February 02, 2018

Shortly before Parliament rose last year, the Reserve Bank Governor, Philip Lowe, again drew attention to the poor rate of wages growth in Australia and its impact on the broader economy. While he was at pains to stress that he wasn’t – in his words – ‘calling on the workers of the world to unite to rise up against the evil capitalists’, he has on a number of occasions recently urged workers to muscle up for a pay rise. Over the past couple of...

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