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From Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (3rd June 2013).

I rise tonight to reiterate my position on marriage equality, which I have spoken about before in this parliament. After much thought over many years, I am convinced the debate around marriage equality is fundamentally an argument about justice and that all people should be equal before the law. So, in good conscience, I have had no other choice than to support marriage equality.

More than 80 Canberrans gathered to discuss positive ageing initiatives at a forum hosted by the Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health, Julie Collins and the Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann last week. 

Fibre to the node, fibre to the curb, fibre to the premise—three different technologies—and, under the Turnbull Government, it is the luck of the draw which technology is rolled out in your street. In a number of suburbs across Canberra, neighbours are pitted against each other when it comes to broadband.


This week we’ve been witness to yet more mixed messages from the Turnbull Government in its response to PFAS contamination in Katherine. 

Representatives from the Department of Health briefed Labor following media reports of a “cancer cluster” on Cabbage Tree Road in Williamtown.

Discussions focused on the “cancer cluster” reports; protocols around Health’s epidemiological study; continued voluntary blood tests; and progress of the PFAS Taskforce.

As the Prime Minister talks up global co-operation on security operations with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Australia slumps on the United Nations International Telecommunication Union's Global Cyber Security Index

Australia's score of just 0.44 in co-operation saw us drop from fourth to seventh position, behind Oman and Malaysia....

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