Speeches

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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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill 2017 - Second Reading

August 16, 2017

We've been very clear, particularly as the reef has experienced two very serious bleaching events in only the last 18 months, that the principal threat, the most serious threat, to the Great Barrier Reef is the threat of climate change. That is why we have been so vocal about the need to get climate change policy back on track in this nation.

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ANU: Climate Wars

July 31, 2017

In conversation with Professor Mark Howden on Climate Wars, energy policy, and what is needed to combat climate change at ANU.

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