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