It's time to post your survey

We are in the final days of this expensive, divisive postal survey on marriage equality. The survey closes on 7 November, yet tomorrow is the last day that Australians should mail their survey to ensure it's counted.

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Fearless take on domestic violence

On average one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner. One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them. One in five women over the age of 18 have been stalked in their lifetime. Domestic violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children. These figures are confronting and they should be.

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Tabling JCPAA Report: Defence major projects report

On behalf of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, I present the committee's report entitledReport 468:Defence major projects report (2015-16): inquiry based on Auditor-General's report 40 (2016-17).

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We need to talk about the lack of diversity in our wine industry

I welcome this opportunity to speak on the Australian Grape and Wine Authority Amendment (Wine Australia) Bill 2017. The bill will enable the authority to implement all program activities under the wine support package; it will enable the authority to administer grant programs for wine, including the cellar door grant; and it will change the name of the authority from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority to Wine Australia.

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Tabling JCPAA Report: Defence major projects report

Every year the Department of Defence and the Australian National Audit Office work together to produce a consolidated review of selected major Defence acquisition projects, with the resulting report called the Major Projects Report, or the MPR as it has come to be known. The MPR is then reviewed by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit.

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Tabling JCPAA Report 467: Cybersecurity Compliance

The release of the report into Cyber Security Compliance by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit is welcomed by Labor.

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Labor is standing up for our workers

As we've heard from my colleagues all afternoon, the Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2017 was introduced in the House last Thursday. Last Thursday! It's not even a week old. It is a significant bill. It has five schedules. It has 80 pages. It amends five different pieces of legislation.

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Labor can be trusted to protect Australia's world-leading gun laws

Around 800 firearms and related items, including pistols and machine-guns, were recently surrendered by Canberrans to the Australian Federal Police during the National Firearms Amnesty.

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Cuts to the public service continue

Every five years, the census data gives us a snapshot of our communities right across Australia—the people that live in these communities, the success that they're having and the challenges that they're facing and that, as a result, we as policymakers face.

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Labor will continue to fight for our most vulnerable

I know the frustration that so many Canberrans and other Australians have felt in dealing with the NDIA, with the coordination that comes from the NDIA, or lack thereof, and the overwhelming bureaucracy. 

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What is the solution for Gleneagles Estate's NBN?

For the past 18 months I have been fighting really, really hard to get Canberra on the NBN rollout map. Just three months ago—hurrah!—we finally got on the NBN rollout map. Now I'm concerned that it's a case of 'be careful what you wish for'.

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NDIS isn't without its challenges

When the member for Maribyrnong was elected to the Australian parliament, he was also appointed to the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services. 

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Another unfair cut for our pensioners

On Friday, around 60 pensioners joined the member for Jagajaga and me at a community forum to discuss the government's changes to pensions. Concerns about the government's plans to axe the energy supplement were top of the list for many in attendance.

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Why I became an endo warrior

I seek leave to amend the motion relating to endometriosis in the terms in which it appears in the Notice Paper.

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Is the government serious about housing affordability?

I rise to speak on the Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures No. 1) Bill 2017 and the First Home Super Saver Tax Bill 2017. 

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Plan International girls inspirational fight against endo

When I became an Endometriosis Australia ambassador, I pledged to end the silence on this debilitating disease that affects one in 10 women throughout the world and one in 10 women here in Australia.

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Defence Amendment (Instrument Making)

Labor supports the proposed amendments set out in the Defence Legislation Amendment (Instrument Making) Bill 2017. The bill amends both the Defence Act 1903 and the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 in relation to inquiries, defence aviation areas and public areas.

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It's time the government takes cyber security seriously

The revelations last week about what was happening on the cyber security front here in Australia in Defence contracts or what was not happening on the cyber security front just underscored the fact this government is failing in its most basic responsibility, and that is our national security. 

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Citizenship shouldn't be about politics

In his message to new citizens, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection writes:

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Government ignoring equity for Norfolk Island

Last week I was on Norfolk Island, which is in my electorate, for my second visit this year and my last for 2017.

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Real action needed to save the Great Barrier Reef

We are incredibly blessed in Australia to have such natural beauty spread right across the country. For eons, the Indigenous people of Australia have shared an intrinsic link with the land, its forms, its flora and fauna, and today we continue to share that connection with our natural environment. 

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Norfolk Island's rebate battle

Last week, on my second visit to Norfolk Island, my final for this year, I met with the Banyan Park Playcentre management committee to discuss the challenges they are facing on the road to a regulated facility, accredited educators and also, most importantly, child-care rebates. 

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Our US alliance needs a strong Australian voice

Since the election of Donald Trump, the calls have raged in some quarters of Australia for Australia to abandon the US alliance. It is an alliance of more than 65 years which has withstood personality clashes and policy differences in the past and I believe it can withstand them now.

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Australia's Fight Against Cyber Security Threats

Keynote Speech at CIFI Sydney 

I begin my acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Gadigal of the Eora people, and pay my respects to their elders past and present.

Like so much in the national security space, cyber security is largely a bipartisan issue.

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Small Businesses in Canberra being hurt by NBN blunders

Imagine trying to run a small business without access to internet and phone services. In my electorate, as I speak, there's a small business called Swimart Erindale, which is run by Wendy and Peter, in Gartside Street, Wanniassa. The business provides a range of pool and spa products and services. Wendy and Peter haven't had access to phone or internet services since 8.30 am yesterday.

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