Seconding the climate, environment and water chapter of the new ALP national platform
31 March 2021
Hi delegates. I'm coming to you from Jagera land. It's my absolute honour to second Chapter Three of the platform today thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to this chapter: delegates from around the country, affiliates, and LEAN, and so many more. And a special shout out to the Shadow Assistant Minister for the Environment Josh Wilson.
National Anniversary of the Apology 2021
12 February 2021
I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we’re meeting, and I pay my respects to elders past and present. We are standing on land for which sovereignty was never ceded.
All Stolen Generations and their families, including anyone connected with the former Cranbrook House, a little to the west of here. I know that today we’re all thinking of the girls and young women who were taken there against their and their family’s will.
Aircraft noise speech to parliament
02 February 2021
Our community and the former member for Griffith, the Hon. Kevin Rudd AC, fought strongly on the issue of aircraft noise. It was hard fought, and Kevin even became personally liable to pay $32,000 after taking the issue to court. The community rallied around him, but ultimately they were not able to stop the second runway at Brisbane Airport. In 2007, one of the last acts of the Howard government was to give the final approval for it. Throughout my time as the member for Griffith, I have made a number of representations to Airservices Australia and to the Brisbane Airport Corporation, and I want to thank them for engaging with me. Ultimately, though, it is the responsibility of the government, not unelected agencies, to call the shots. It is up to them to make sure that aircraft noise is managed well, while also making sure that Australians' domestic and international travel and freight needs are served.
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: Remarks to the event “Celebrate a Nuclear Weapons Free Future with WILPF”.
22 January 2021
Thank you Aunty Sue for an important contribution, and for reminding us of the tests on Australian soil. For my first half decade in the parliament I had hanging on my wall in parliament a photograph from Emu Field. It was important to be reminded that as Australian parliamentarians we must take responsibility not just for defence but also for peace, and that we must remember the impact of those tests.
Koalas: speech to the Federation Chamber
29 October 2020
Ms BUTLER (Griffith) (10:18): Stopping extinctions is crucial to preserving Australians' very special way of life and to make sure that icons like the koala don't disappear forever. National icons like the koala are at risk, as are many, many more species. Australia is a world leader in extinctions. It's not a very good distinction to have. Labor doesn't want to see a future where our children can only read about koalas in the history books, but that's the path we're on as a nation right now.
Scott Morrison has some dodgy mates: speech in the Matter of Public Importance debate
29 October 2020
That was a bizarre contribution from the assistant minister, who seemed to spend more time talk about the member for Shortland than defending his own government's record. But how can he defend his own government's record? They have no record to defend. The Prime Minister spent a week campaigning for the LNP in the Queensland state election, including attending an LNP fundraiser with the Deputy Prime Minister and the Queensland opposition leader, but at the same time he claims he hasn't had time to establish a national integrity commission. The Prime Minister has got time to help his LNP and other mates in Queensland, but he doesn't have time to establish a national integrity commission. He has time to rack up a trillion dollars of debt, but no time to make sure his government leaves no one behind. He's had time to send out 50 press releases in four years since he personally announced, when he was the Treasurer, the establishment of the National Water Infrastructure Loans Facility, and that facility was abolished a couple of weeks ago without having written a single loan. They wrote 50 press releases; they wrote zero loans. This is a government that produces nothing for Australia but media releases, photo ops and announcements.
Local issues, plus water and environment: speech in the Appropriations debate
20 October 2020
One of the things I was really disappointed about in this budget was that it didn't address an issue that has been a gaping wound in my electorate for many, many years, and that's a piece of Commonwealth owned property which is a former Red Cross hall at Greenslopes, right across the road from the Greenslopes Private Hospital. This is Commonwealth owned property. It's a hall. It's an asbestos risk. There are fences up and there is shade cloth around the fences. It's been like this for years, and I've been lobbying the government over that entire time to get it fixed. There are signs up saying, 'Asbestos' and, 'Brittle roof'. It's a really dangerous thing and it ought to have been fixed years ago.
Properly fund public services: speech in the second reading debate of the Services Australia governance bill
08 October 2020
That was a masterclass in buffoonery from someone who clearly doesn't understand the connection between the importance of staffing these services properly and the effect that the services have on the lives of our constituents—that is, the people who we not only claim to represent but do represent. So let me, for his information, explain some of the experiences that people in my electorate have had when they have had to rely on public services during the coronavirus pandemic and recession.
Water security in the 2020s and beyond
08 October 2020
Today I want to talk about Labor’s approach to Basin issues, and the importance of instilling trust, confidence and respect into water management and governance. Before I do, I wanted to acknowledge your organisation’s work.
Condolence on the death of the Hon Susan Ryan AO
07 October 2020
It's an absolute pleasure to follow my very good friend the member for Kingston, who is of my vintage. We were students together in the 1990s. She and I knew each other then, and we were both very interested in higher education policy, so it's quite nice and fitting to follow her in the condolence debate in respect of the passing of the Hon. Susan Ryan AO, someone who made an indelible mark on my friend Amanda's life, on my life and on the lives of many people around Australia, particularly many women and older people around Australia. I want to offer my sincere condolences to Susan's friends, to her family and to all of her fellow Australians, who in fact are suffering the loss of this person, who was a great leader and a woman of great courage.