'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."'
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."