GOVERNMENT MUST ACT ON SLAVERY - Media Release, Friday 15 December 2017
15 December 2017'The Turnbull Government continues to dawdle and delay action on this important issue. We need a Modern Slavery Act with penalties, and an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.'
'Penny Wong giving her third reading speech on the marriage equality debate.' ABC Hobart Breakfast Radio Interview, Wednesday 13 December 2017
13 December 2017'I thought it was a very moving speech after a very long debate that captivated me and indeed, in my six and a half-odd years in the Senate, I think will remain with me as very momentous and special occasion.'
TURNBULL’S FLAWED DRUG TESTING POLICY SHELVED - Media Release, Wednesday 6 December 2017
06 December 2017'Whilst I’m pleased the government has back-flipped on this draconian policy, I am very frustrated by their refusal to listen to the experts in the first place.'
'Yesterday was a day that was historic, and something very moving.' ABC Hobart Breakfast Radio Interview, Thursday 30 November 2017
30 November 2017'It was a fantastic day, and a day for equality for so many Australians, but particularly for LGBTI Australians – in the hope to end that discrimination, and not, of course, bring in more discriminations, which is why that bill got that balance right.'
THE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S DRAFT ANIMAL WELFARE STANDARDS ARE “EMBARRASSING” - Media Release, Wednesday 29 November 2017
29 November 2017'Labor calls on the Turnbull government to listen to the community, pay attention to the science and strengthen its draft standards for animal welfare.'
THE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S DRAFT ANIMAL WELFARE STANDARDS LET DOWN TASMANIANS - Media Release, Wednesday 29 November 2017
29 November 2017'The draft animal welfare standards released by the Turnbull government this week for public consultation will not meet the expectations of the Tasmanian community.'
FOOTAGE RELEASED TODAY FROM THE 2008 AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS MISSION OF ILLEGAL WHALING IN THE ANTARCTIC - Media Release, Tuesday 28 November 2017
28 November 2017'In government, Labor took Japan to International Court of Justice over its so called ‘scientific’ whaling and our case was successful.'
QUEENSLAND STATE ELECTION A LESSON FOR TASMANIAN LIBERALS - Media Release, Monday 27 November 2017
27 November 2017'Senator Lisa Singh has described the outcome of the Queensland state election as a wake-up call for Malcolm Turnbull and the Tasmanian Liberal Senators in the lead-up to the Tasmanian state election in March next year.'
'BETTY THE HOUSE’S VISIT TO HOBART TO EDUCATE ABOUT ASBESTOS - Media Release, Friday 17 November 2017
17 November 2017"Asbestos is a silent killer that still lies hidden in many homes and buildings."
'It is beholden upon us as parliamentarians to get this job done, and get it done by Christmas.' ABC Hobart Breakfast Radio Interview, Wednesday 16 November 2017
16 November 2017"Can I just say 'Thank-you' to Tasmanians who voted overwhelmingly for marriage equality. Indeed, we in Tasmania voted above the national average even in support of marriage equality."
TASMANIA SAYS YES! - Media Release, 15 November 2017
15 November 2017'In 1997, homosexuality was illegal in Tasmania. In 2017, Tasmania voted for marriage equality. How far we have come.'.
'Minister Dutton needs to do something about this immediately. It is absolutely appalling, and disgusting, and breaches our international obligations.' ABC Hobart Breakfast Radio Interview, Wednesday 2 November 2017
02 November 2017'The fact is this government – for nearly five years – has abrogated its responsibility of duty-of-care to people that sought our protection. And we have been calling on them to find third-country settlement options day-in and day-out...'
AUSTRALIA HAS A DUTY OF CARE TO PROTECT VULNERABLE PEOPLE ON MANUS ISLAND - Media Release, Tuesday 31 October 2017
30 October 2017'Australia needs to meet its obligations to protect people who sought asylum under international law.'
COALITION SHOULD STOP PROMISING TASMANIA WHAT IT CAN’T (OR WON’T) DELIVER - Media Release, Thursday 26 October 2017
26 October 2017The Federal government is (a) misleading Tasmanians about its actual commitment to improving the state’s infrastructure, or (b) too incompetent to roll out promised projects. There is no (c).
'Premier Will Hodgman needs to actually pick up the phone and speak to his federal counterparts to get this project moving.' ABC Hobart Breakfast Radio Interview, Tuesday 24 October 2017
24 October 2017'It's not going to happen without federal contribution and the Premier doesn't seem to be doing anything about that, let alone any action at all by the Federal government.'
'I think the public have had enough of all of this over the last five years – infighting in the Coalition on energy.' ABC Hobart Breakfast Radio Interview, Wednesday 18 October 2017
18 October 2017'We haven't seen any modelling and a regulatory impact statement is a pretty basic thing that a government does when it puts out a policy that has such an economy-wide impact on our nation. There doesn't seem to be one.'
'With the right policy settings, we can actually increase our investment in Tasmania and renewables.' ABC Hobart Breakfast Radio Interview, Wednesday 4 October 2017
18 October 2017'To go out there and say that this is an affordable policy – it really does, to me, reek of an outcome of ending this division that's been going on within the Liberal Party, that Malcolm Turnbull's had to deal with for so long.'
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."'