Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Speech to Australia-Israel and Jewish Affairs Council

Offices of Arnold Bloch Liebler, Sydney

30 September 2015

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak today. I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet. And I acknowledge ABL and AIJAC for hosting us. I thank you for your work in building stronger understanding as between Australians and Israelis.

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Visa cancellation for anti-choice extremist welcomed

Terri Butler has welcomed the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s decision to cancel the visa for anti-choice extremist, Troy Newman, following representations from Labor.

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Advocate for executing doctors should have visa cancelled

In the interests of community safety, Peter Dutton should cancel the visa of anti-choice extremist Troy Newman, said Terri Butler.

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Getting Australia Started - Labor's policy for startups

The Digital Age is transforming all aspects of our lives, broadening our horizons and creating limitless potential. That gives us a range of opportunities, including in relation to high-growth startups. Labor has announced a suite of policies aimed at creating the necessary conditions for a thriving startup ecosystem in Australia. 

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Young Entrepreneurs to get a ‘startup year' under Labor

Terri Butler MP said Labor’s new Startup Year will give budding young entrepreneurs from the South Side the kick start they need to build the businesses of the future. 

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Launch of Parliamentary Friends of the Internet

During the last sitting period the cross-party Parliamentary Friends of the Internet was launched. Terri is a co-convener, along with Jane Prentice MP (LNP) and Senator Scott Ludlam (Greens). One of the guest speakers at, and driving forces behind, the launch was Laurie Patton, CEO of Internet Australia. Laurie's speech follows.

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Insecure work

In December, Terri and her colleague the Member for Scullin published a widely-shared opinion piece, for the Guardian, about the Productivity Commission's workplace relations review. Today they've written to the Productivity Commission in response to its draft report. They've suggested the Commission revisit insecurity, in drafting its final report. The text of their letter follows.

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China Australia Free Trade Agreement

China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) Myths and Facts Sheet

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Malcolm Turnbull has made a mess of the NBN

Terri Butler told the Parliament that "constructing a national broadband network is a nation-building project on the scale of freeways and railway. Like most grand schemes, it requires vision and should deliver benefits to consumers into the future. The Prime Minister, who was also the Communications Minister under this government, is completely unable to deliver the NBN that this country needs. His incompetence in the portfolio has been remarked upon widely within the sector and within the community."

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Building Australia's friendships with China and within our region

In this speech Terri remarked that "we can honour our treasured alliance with the United States and also be a friend to China." She also spoke about the China Australia Free Trade Agreement and noted, with regret that "this government's paralysis is so profound that they have given the impression that our whole politics is broken. The Prime Minister is so short-sighted that he wants to call us racist rather than engage with us to work through our concerns and negotiate in the national interest."

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