Memo to Mr Morrison: Southsiders don't want weaker planning laws

Scott Morrison's radical plans to urge local and state governments to weaken planning laws show how out of touch the Turnbull government is, Terri Butler said.
"What a pathetic performance from Scott Morrison," Terri Butler said.
"Treasurer, if you think that the answer to housing affordability is open slather development in inner suburbs - you are wrong.

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Turnbull should stop being coy and commit to Cross River Rail

The Turnbull Government must commit funding to Brisbane's Cross River Rail, which is an essential project to reduce congestion in this growing city.

Today's announcement of a measly $10 million is just another excuse to put off committing to the project.

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The Turnbull govt wants open slather development

Scott Morrison wants planning laws weakened. I disagree. I talked about this issue and others with Kristina Kenneally and Peter van Onselen on Sky.



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I voted against the plebiscite bill

Yesterday, the government's wasteful, expensive, divisive, harmful and unnecessary plebiscite was put to a vote in the House of Representatives.

I'm proud to have voted against the bill.

My speech calling for marriage equality, earlier this year, can be found here:


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The jobs of the future

"I know that it can be scary. It can be worrying for a parent; I am a parent myself. My kids are six and four, and Troy and I often worry about the jobs that our kids will have access to in the future when they are a bit older. I know that it is very concerning for a parent to try to look into the future and guess what sorts of jobs are going to exist and what sorts of skills the kids are going to need in order to have those jobs. But that is a reason to be bolder, not more cautious. It is a reason to press ahead with reform, not retreat to the idea that we just close our eyes and hope that things might not change. That is not going to work. We have to embrace the opportunities that are going to be brought by the new and emerging economy. That includes the necessity of thinking about how innovation policy can support high-growth firms that can create jobs."

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Investigating the government's proposal to sell the ASIC Registry

Some time ago the government announced a proposal to sell the ASIC Registry. I've been following the issue and have asked the Revenue Minister a series of questions about the government's plans.



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Turnbull govt spends only 1.5% of allocated funding for women's safety initiative

More than one year after Malcolm Turnbull announced his Women’s Safety Package, one of its key initiatives remains virtually unused.

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Holding the government to account on family violence

I asked the Minister for Social Services about the government's overdue Third Action Plan and Annual Progress report in relation to family violence. I also asked for an update about related issues.

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I asked the government about higher education policy

During consideration in detail of the appropriations bills, I asked the government about higher education policy. Unfortunately, the answers I got were to the questions that the government wished I had asked, not the ones I had actually asked. So I asked again.

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