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Transcript: Gai to Zed with Tim Shaw

SUBJECTS: Tax cuts for medium business, repeal of the Andrews Bill, Huawei and the 5G Network, Newstart Allowance, ovarian cancer.

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Legal Safe Harbour Created by the Copyright Act

Australia's Copyright Act originally dates right back to 1968. It was developed before man set foot on the moon, it was developed during the Vietnam War, it was developed during the Cold War, it was developed before the election of the great Gough Whitlam, it was developed before colour television, before digital, before the internet and before feminism.

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Norfolk Island Infrastructure Grant Funding

Given the set-up that we have here in the ACT, I imagine that some would question why the member for Canberra is talking about this Private Member's Bill. The reason I do so is that Norfolk Island is part of my electorate. It is a great honour and a pleasure to have Norfolk Island as part of my electorate, and I get up there at least twice a year to talk to the community and hear about their issues.

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NBN: Understanding the Switchover

I met with NBN Co last week and in that meeting we talked about the experiences many Canberrans have had with their new NBN connections—the unexpected dropouts and the need to replace equipment, like fax machines.

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Transcript: Drive with Laura Tchilinguirian

SUBJECTS: Joint Standing Committee for National Capital and External Territory inquiry into the national institutions.

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NDIS Cuts Funding to Those Who Need It Most

My community was one of the first in Australia to experience the benefits, the value, of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, when the trial began here in 2013. Since then, the full scheme of the NDIS has rolled out. It began rolling out in 2016. Many Canberrans have been on the NDIS for the last five years, through the trial to where we are today.

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Superannuation is a Guarantee, not an Optional Extra

Up until the mid-1980s less than 40 per cent of the working population had superannuation. That figure was even less for blue-collar workers and women; for them it was only around 25 per cent. This all changed in 1991 when Labor under Paul Keating, our great former Prime Minister and Treasurer, introduced the superannuation guarantee, a compulsory system of superannuation for Australian employees.

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Aged Care (Single Quality Framework) Bill 2018

My electorate of Canberra is the largest by population in Australia. I proudly represent a very large number of older Australians, older Canberrans and older people who look to government to make sure that as they live longer they also live better. At the last census more than 26,000 people in Canberra were over 65. That is 13.8 percent of my electorate.

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Canberra and the Stars

Last month, I took part in the Australian National University's Guinness world record attempt for the greatest number of telescopes pointed at once at the night sky. More than 285 stargazing parties were registered across Australia, with thousands of telescopes delivered across the country. We're not talking about cardboard telescopes; we're talking about good-quality, entry-level telescopes that you'd probably get from Australian Geographic shops to help Australians develop an interest in—perhaps even a love for—astronomy.

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Threats to Critical Infrastructure

The Australian Cyber Security Centre 2017 threat report noted that CERT Australia responded to 734 incidents affecting private-sector systems of national critical infrastructure within the 2016-17 financial year. This equates to a significant cyber incident occurring on these networks more than twice a day. In October 2017, the US-CERT released a report that stated:

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