The final sitting week before the winter recess was as lively as ever. The new senators have arrived, and the Abbott Government is now grappling with the task of negotiating with the minor parties and independents.
The house debated several of the Abbott Government’s crueller Budget measures, including the legislation to increase the cost of prescriptions, and the legislation to make mandatory the punishment of jobseekers who fail to meet their job application requirements.
With a heavy heart, I paid tribute to two Australians lost before their time, Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey and the wonderful Canberran Moira Lye.
This week I also presented two petitions in Parliament. The first was from the clients, staff and friends of the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service in Narrabundah, opposing the Abbott Government’s cuts to Medicare and the PBS. The second was from Canberrans who are demanding that the Minister for Communications allow the resumption of online broadcasting for local radio stations.
We finished this week on the worst possible note – waking up on Friday to learn of the devastating loss of MH17. Government and Opposition put our differences aside on Friday morning to pay tribute to the victims, and to condemn the perpetrators of this atrocity.
You can find a full list of my speeches from the last week below.
Parliamentary Speeches 14 - 18 July