Submission to the race hate speech inquiry

I've made a submission in relation to the government's review of race hate speech laws.

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Getting the legislation right on crowd-sourced funding

"Part of the mix—obviously not the only part of the mix, and not even necessarily the main part of the mix—for finding more capital to be invested into Australian start-ups is dealing with crowd-sourced equity funding. I am very pleased that this movement, that the member for Chifley has been such an agitator for and so tenacious about, is continuing to take hold here in our parliament. Equally, I am concerned about the bill. I appreciate that there have been some amendments made since the last time I was in a position to speak to related legislation. I appreciate that there has been a substantial increase in the turnover cap from $5 million to $25 million. I strongly welcome that increase in the turnover cap to allow broader access to crowd-sourced equity funding. But I am very concerned, particularly about this issue of not being in a position yet to extend crowd-sourced equity funding to proprietary limited firm companies."


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Sign the petition - say no to paid parental leave cuts!

Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to paid parental leave will mean that around 80,000 new mums each year will be worse off by up to $12,000.

Labor does not believe that new mums should be forced to choose between returning to work early and missing out on time with their newborn, or staying at home and having their living standards cut. 

If you're worried about the Turnbull government's plans to cut paid parental leave, I've got a petition you might like to sign - you can find it here:

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The Feds must advise their new sales plan for the Bulimba Barracks

Many locals will have seen the articles in the South East Advertiser about the sale of the Bulimba Barracks. Now that the negotiations between the Commonwealth and the State appear to have ended, the next questions are: what will the Commonwealth do with the sale, and what will Graham Quirk do to make sure the Master Plan is upheld in the interests of residents? I've written to the relevant federal Minister about the sale. My letter follows.

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Governments should practice moderation, not extremism

I spoke against the government's latest refugee bill, and in favour of a moderation over extremism.


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Increasing indigenous kids' participation in higher ed

I spoke about work done to increase indigenous people's aspiration for and participation in higher education.




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Volunteer Grants 2016

I am pleased to advise that Volunteer Grants for 2016 are now open for applications.

The Australian Government is investing $10 million in Volunteer Grants 2016 to support, encourage and increase participation in volunteering in local communities. These grants help community organisations support their volunteers by making their volunteering work easier, safer and more enjoyable.

Applications for Volunteer Grants 2016 close at 1pm Tuesday, 20 December 2016.

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Now it's time for a free vote, Mr Turnbull

Today's media release, from Bill, Tanya, Mark and me.

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The recent section 18C case is a reminder that the courts are under-resourced

When the section 18C case against three university students was struck out, for failing to have any reasonable prospects of success, conservatives decided to claim that that showed the need to repeal section 18C.

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Turnbull government says one thing, does another on tourism

I was pretty bemused when the Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, moved a motion this week about the Turnbull government's record in relation to the tourism industry. The Member for Flynn spoke in support of it, too. 


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