Speeches

Power Prices Motion - 14/9/17

September 14, 2017

This motion exemplifies how arrogant and out of touch this government is.

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MPI - THE GOVERNMENT'S COMPLETE FAILURE ON ENERGY POLICY

September 07, 2017

This week, on the fourth anniversary of this government, under two prime ministers, two reports were received from the Energy Market Operator, both of which have laid bare four years of stunning failure on energy policy—stunning, devastating failure on energy policy, on every possible indicator.

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Statement on arrest of Mr Kem Sokha

September 05, 2017

I was concerned—indeed, I was distressed—to hear of the arrest over the weekend of the opposition CNRP leader, Mr Kem Sokha, and also the closure of a number of media outlets, particularly The Cambodia Daily, a longstanding English-language newspaper in Cambodia, only 24 or 36 hours later.

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Liquid Fuel Emergency Amendment Bill 2017: Second Reading

September 04, 2017

This government has presided over almost exactly four years of failure on energy policy since its election in 2013. The former Prime Minister, the member for Warringah, had a great plan about what he wanted to dismantle and demolish—and he did dismantle almost all of the former government's climate and energy policies, but he had no plan to put in place a replacement energy policy.

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Competition and Consumer Amendment (Abolition of Limited Merits Review) Bill 2017: Second Reading

September 04, 2017

This bill, very rightly, is directed at relieving price pressure on consumers—households and businesses—in the National Electricity Market and, for that reason, we support it. But we also know that the principal driver of energy prices that have been going up and up and up under this government is the lack of policy certainty, the lack of a national investment framework, to pull through electricity generation investment that replaces the agein...

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SECOND READING: BILLS - Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Bill 2017, Petroleum and Other Fuels...

August 16, 2017

Energy is the lifeblood of modern economies, and, if anything, is likely to continue to be the lifeblood in an accentuated form in the 21st century as we move from an industrial society to an industrial and information based society, as we see the electrification of transport and a range of other very exciting technological transformations sweep across the globe and sweep across Australia. It is critically important that the parliament, busine...

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