‘Show’ of support for COVID-hit agricultural field days in regional Victoria

The Australian Government has today announced a $2.7 million boost for agricultural field days to ensure they can continue to showcase innovation and support regional communities after the pandemic. Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said this $2.7 million announcement is in addition to the $36.3 million previously announced to support agricultural show societies. “With so many great agricultural shows and field days throughout regional Victoria, this announcement will be well received and provide a real boost to our local communities Read more…

28 August 2020

Foreign Relations Bill safeguards Australia’s national interest

I welcome the Morrison Government’s announcement of new legislation which will ensure the arrangements that states, territories, councils and universities have with foreign governments (Arrangement) are consistent with Australian foreign policy. The Foreign Relations Bill will safeguard Australia’s national sovereign interests from any Arrangement which seeks to undermine those interests. Under the reforms, the Foreign Minister will have the power to review all existing and prospective Arrangements.  Arrangements which adversely affect Australia’s foreign relations or are inconsistent with our foreign Read more…

27 August 2020

Second Reading: Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Improving Assistance for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Families) Bill 2020, Senate, 26 August 2020

It’s my pleasure to rise and speak on the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Improving Assistance for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Families) Bill 2020. I want to start my contribution by noting with some concern the contribution of Senator Faruqi. While Senator Faruqi made a number of statements critical of our government’s support for families and for child care, she didn’t really reference any facts. We are interested in the facts, and the facts of the matter are that around one million Read more…

26 August 2020

Human Rights, Joint Statutory Committee, Annual Report of 2019, Senate, 26 August 2020

I present the annual report of 2019 of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, and I move: That the Senate take note of the report. I’m pleased to present the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights 2019 annual report. This committee was formed in 2012 after the passage of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act. For the past eight years, it has operated to locate the scrutiny of legislation from a human rights point of view at the heart Read more…

26 August 2020