A Century of Revolutionary Change: 1917-2017

Speech to the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Ngunnawal people, and pay my respects to their elders past and present.

I want to thank Professor Amin Saikal for the honour, and rather daunting task, of addressing you. Most of you specialise in a range of subject associated with the former Soviet Union and post-Soviet countries, in which I cannot profess any expertise. My own professional preoccupations when I was a foreign policy practitioner were India and the Middle East.

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Only Days until Penalty Rates cut

Time is running out. Under this out-of-touch Prime Minister, under this out-of-touch government, in just 10 days time, millionaires will get a tax cut, and, in just 10 days time, 700,000 Australian workers right across the nation—13,000 of them here in Canberra—will get a pay cut. Mark the difference: in 10 days time, there will be a tax cut for the top end of town and a pay cut for those workers—those hardworking 700,000 workers right across Australia, 13,000 of them here in Canberra.

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Senate Committee condemns APVMA move

Earlier this month, the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee handed down its report into the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Location of Corporate Commonwealth Entities) Order 2016. This is the order that would give effect to the relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority from Canberra to Armidale. The key recommendation coming out of the Senate committee report is that the order be revoked—yes, that the order be revoked.

 

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Brodtmann Bulletin hits the streets

The Brodtmann Bulletin hit the streets this week. It highlights the appalling news that Canberrans have been sending me over the last two years on their internet speeds. We are talking about less than one megabit per second across so many parts of Canberra, particularly the south-east area of Tuggeranong—this, in the nation's capital; this, in 2017.

 

 

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AFP ThinkUKnow Cyber Safety Program

As the shadow assistant minister for cybersecurity and Defence, I thank the member for Forrest for bringing forward this motion on cyber safety, because with the speed at which technology evolves, we can never talk about and we can never hear enough about cyber safety. Programs like these are really important. They make a valuable contribution to our community. They make a valuable contribution in covering a range of topics of concern to the community, including sexting, cyberbullying, online child exploitation, online privacy and what steps need to be taken when things go wrong.

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Speech on School Funding

There are a lot of facts around school funding that are flying around at the moment.

Today, I want to use the opportunity of my 90-second statement to actually deliver the facts. The fact: under Labor's school funding plan, 80 per cent of the extra money went to public schools. That is because public schools teach the vast majority of Australia's poorest kids, Indigenous kids and kids with a disability.

 

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National Day of Action on Fair Funding for Schools

Today is the National Day of Action on fair funding for schools. As part of that campaign, I want to share extracts from a letter I was copied into last Friday from the ACT's Barnardos Mother of the Year, Selina Walker. The letter was sent to the Minister for Education and Training, Minister Birmingham. She writes:

 

 

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Send Me Your Speeds Roll Call

I want to thank all the Canberrans who have taken part in my Send Me Your Speeds Campaign.

Our combined efforts mean that we are finally, finally on the rollout map. But we need to maintain the pressure to get the rollout prioritised, particularly in those suburbs with appalling speeds. We need to ensure we avoid a patchwork of technologies—some slated for the same street.

 

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Statement on Endometriosis

I recently had the great honour of becoming an endometriosis ambassador—I made the pledge just recently. One in 10 women in the world suffer from endometriosis. One in 10 women largely suffer in stoic silence. They live with the misdiagnosis, the myths, the endless operations, the hysterectomies, the lost opportunities, the huge cost, the daily struggle to take control of their lives, the fear of infertility, and the dreadful, dreadful pain.

This is an insidious disease, and the problem is that no-one is actually talking about it. It is a disease that occurs when the tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body. This insidious disease costs the health, the careers, the futures, the fertility, the sex lives, the hopes and the dreams of 10 per cent of women in our community. Ten per cent of women out there are suffering from endometriosis. We have to break the taboo about this little-known women's condition that knows no boundaries and shows no mercy. As an endometriosis ambassador, I pledge to work with those one in 10 women in Australia, with those one in 10 women worldwide, to end the silence on Endo.

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The Public Service Belongs in Canberra

This continent was once a series of scattered settlements and colonies and states. Our forebears had the wisdom, strength and determination to bring it all together as one nation.

It was decided to make a new capital—Canberra.

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Decentralisation Speech

In The Government and the People—1939-41, Sir Paul Hasluck exposed the administrative heartache and headache caused by the dispersal of the Commonwealth Public Service, saying it 'wasted time and money, fretted men and hampered understanding, delayed decisions and led to conflict and duplication.'

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Decentralisation Motion

MEMBER FOR CANBERRA: I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that this House:

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Discussion on Israel and Palestine

This morning I highlighted the bog ignorance of the Liberals when it comes to Australian history when I discussed their lack of respect for Sir Robert Menzies's legacy and vision for our nation's great capital, the city of Canberra.

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Condolence Speech on Jayson Hinder

This morning nearly a thousand Canberrans filled St Paul's Manuka to bid farewell to Jayson Hinder, a much loved and significant contributor to our community, who tragically died in a motorbike accident. He is an enormous loss to our community—to Canberra—and touched so many lives, which was evident at the funeral today.

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Decentralisation Motion

In The Government and the People—1939-41, Sir Paul Hasluck exposed the administrative heartache and headache caused by the dispersal of the Commonwealth Public Service, saying it 'wasted time and money, fretted men and hampered understanding, delayed decisions and led to conflict and duplication.'

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Send Me Your Speeds Roll Call

I want to thank the hundreds of Canberrans who have sent me their broadband speeds as part of my campaign to get Canberra prioritised for the rollout of the NBN. 

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Speech on Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill

I commend the member for Whitlam on that speech highlighting the exploitation that has been happening to workers in his electorate. There are scores and scores of examples of people being underpaid and exploited. Who would have thought that we would still be telling these tales in 2017? We are still hearing stories right across the nation of workers being exploited by unscrupulous employers. What has the government been doing about it? Very, very little.

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Address in Reply to Governor General Speech

Canberrans are used to bracing themselves whenever a coalition government releases a budget. In 1996, we lost 15,000 public servants here in Canberra and 30,000 nationwide, we saw Canberra go into an economic slump, we saw businesses close down, we saw local shops close down and we saw people leave town.

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A Budget of Cuts for Canberra

As usual under a coalition government, there is no good news for Canberra in this budget. On top of the 13,000 public servants that have already been axed, we saw thousands more jobs go last night: 1,200 just in Human Services, more than 400 in the ABS—that is 14 per cent of the agency—more than 200 in Immigration, more than 200 in Health and more than 150 in the AFP—the list goes on and on and on. Thousands more jobs are being cut on top of those 13,000.

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Budget Wishlist for Canberra

Budget Wishlist for Canberra

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Sino Australian relations in the age of Trump

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Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

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Statement on Endometriosis

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One in Ten Women Suffer from Endometriosis

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Global Gag Rule

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