ENERGY CRISIS DEEPENS WHILE NATION DITHERS ON RENEWABLES - Opinion Piece, Hobart Mercury 'Talking Point', Monday, 9 October 2017
08 October 2017'Tasmania truly is the jewel in Australia's renewable energy industry. The transition from fossil fuel-based energy to renewable energy is accelerating now.'
INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST NUCLEAR WEAPONS AWARDED NOBEL PEACE PRIZE - Media Release, Saturday, 7 October 2017
06 October 2017'Labor congratulates the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Price for its sustained commitment to the principles of a nuclear weapons-free world.'
'I've always seen politics as a battle of ideas and you join a political party and you battle out those ideas.' ABC Hobart Breakfast Radio Interview, Wednesday 4 October 2017
04 October 2017'The media are searching and looking for conflict. Looking for that voice that they can find, however small, within a political party to say, "Aha gotcha! There's a dissident or there's someone with a differing view to the main view of that party."'
SENATE INQUIRY’S FIRST ICE REPORT REVEALS HOW MUCH WORK REMAINS TO BE DONE - Media Release, Thursday 7 September 2017
07 September 2017'The Turnbull Government must do more to combat the scourge of ice on our communities – particularly in regional Australia.'
'Australia is suffering from inequality.' ABC Hobart Breakfast Radio Interview, Wednesday 6 September 2017
06 September 2017'There is a strong connection between lifting people out of poverty and addressing inequality, reducing inequality, and economic growth.'
TASMANIANS NEED ACCESS TO LIFE SAVING HIV DRUG - Media Release, Friday 25 August 2017
25 August 2017"Access to the treatment is determined by access to state and territory trial programs. As there are no trial locations in Tasmania, at-risk Tasmanians are financially locked out of accessing the drug."
'I have not seen anyone who works in the field come out saying that this is a positive thing.' ABC Hobart Breakfast Radio Interview, Wednesday 23 August 2017
23 August 2017'There doesn't seem to be any evidence that drug-testing of welfare recipients – we're talking about the most vulnerable people in the community – is actually going to lead to any outcome benefit for them, and indeed to an increase in employment.'
PROPOSED CITIZENSHIP CHANGES CAUSING MUCH PAIN AND INSECURITY - The Mercury Opinion Piece, Tuesday 15 August 2017
15 August 2017I often ask new citizens what it feels like to be an Australian citizen. The answer I generally get is that they feel they belong. They have become a part of the vibrant, multicultural tapestry of modern Australia.
WE NEED TO ABOLISH SLAVERY – AGAIN. HERE’S WHAT AUSTRALIA CAN DO - Opinion Piece, The Guardian, Friday 11 August 2017
11 August 2017My great-grandfather, Laxman Singh, suffered in slavery-like conditions as an indentured labourer in Fiji.
"I'll make my position very clear...all the listeners in Tasmania know where I stand, and I stand for marriage equality." ABC Hobart Breakfast Radio Interview, Wednesday 9 August 2017
09 August 2017"I do so representing the people that elected me; I know that they elected me based on my progressive values and to be part of a modern Australia."
BENDIGO’S PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE IS DIVERSE AND STRONG - Media Release, Thursday 8 August 2017
03 August 2017"The Australian belief in multiculturalism and a fair go is what has created the vibrant communities we live in."
SECTOR DEMANDS ACTION ON MODERN SLAVERY - Media Release, 2 August 2017
02 August 2017This week in Melbourne, stakeholders giving evidence to the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade yet again have called for action on modern slavery.
TASMANIA CAN LEAD THE WORLD ON MEDICINAL CANNABIS-IF THE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT GETS OUT OF THE WAY - Media Release, Friday 21 July 2017
21 July 2017I congratulate Tasmania Alkaloids and Tasmania Botanics for having the foresight to successfully seek medicinal cannabis licenses.
'We're here today to talk about the issue of people being charged to get their paper bills in the post.' Press Conference Transcript, Wednesday 19 July 2017
19 July 2017'We know that a lot of people in Glenorchy and in all parts of Tasmania don't have the internet, they can't get their bills online, they have to get them by post, so why should they be slugged a fee for that?'
'For me this is a real social justice issue because there is a lot of people who don't have the internet.' ABC Hobart Breakfast Radio Interview, Wednesday 19 July 2017
19 July 2017'I'm just thinking of the older people, people with lower literacy skills – might be disadvantaged in other ways – or just who choose to have their bills continue to come by post. They shouldn't be slugged with fees like this.'
'Who would have thought that we are still dealing with human trafficking and slavery in 2017?' Press Conference Transcript, Tuesday 18 July 2017
18 July 2017This report shows that there are a number of inefficiencies in the way the Commonwealth government deals with human trafficking and slavery in Australia.
PARLIAMENT’S HUMAN TRAFFICKING REPORT EXPOSES HIDDEN HORRORS - Media Release, Tuesday 18 July 2017
18 July 2017The report released today by the Australian Parliament’s Joint Committee on Law Enforcement into human trafficking has uncovered significant gaps in the Commonwealth’s response to human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices.
Senators in Space, WEDNESDAY, 12 JULY 2017 - Radio Interview with Senator Eric Abetz, ABC Radio Hobart 'Mornings with Leon Compton'
12 July 2017'I think talking about the centre actually breaks down this polarisation of politics. Which I think people are sick of.'
Senators in Space, WEDNESDAY, 28 JUNE 2017 - Radio Interview with Senator Eric Abetz, ABC Radio Hobart 'Mornings with Leon Compton'
28 June 2017'It's easy to stay out of a faction but what is hard is the pressure of what that ends up meaning for you as a candidate or as a member of parliament.'