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.'
REFUGEE WEEK 2017 - Media Release
20 June 2017We must never forget that Australia is a nation built on migration.
CONCERNS FOR THE FUTURE OF CLIMATE RESEARCH - Opinion Piece, Launceston Examiner, Tuesday 20 June 2017
19 June 2017There is as much certainty about the theory of climate change as there is about gravity, if not more.
TASSIE COMMUNITY SPEAKING OUT AGAINST NUCLEAR WEAPONS - Media Release
17 June 2017We are protesting against Australia's decision to boycott these historic nuclear weapons ban treaty negotiations.
REFLECTIONS ON PALESTINE - Senate Adjournment Speech, Tuesday 14 June 2017
14 June 2017"Going to the West Bank made me realise that you really have to visit this part of the world to truly understand what is going on."
"We need to say no to modern slavery and to do that we need a Modern Slavery Act." Sky News Transcript, Wednesday, 7 June 2017
07 June 2017We need to say no to modern slavery and to do that we need a Modern Slavery Act.
TURNBULL’S DENTAL CUTS ARE HAVING AN UNACCEPTABLE IMPACT ON TASMANIAN TEETH - Media Release
30 May 2017TURNBULL’S DENTAL CUTS ARE HAVING AN UNACCEPTABLE IMPACT ON TASMANIAN TEETH
Talking Point: Derwent harbours ideal solution to traffic woes - Hobart Mercury
30 May 2017http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-derwent-harbours-ideal-solution-to-traffic-woes/news-story/23b0f1ccb7c219dce32db189e859b6b1
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