Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill

The Government Party Room this morning agreed to reforms to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (the RDA) and the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (the AHRC Act), which will strengthen Australia’s anti-vilification laws, enhance freedom of speech and improve the complaint-handling processes of the Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission).

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North Queensland Register: Calls to name new Etheridge dam for Noeline Ikin

Queensland LNP Senator James McGrath is calling on the Etheridge Shire Council to consider naming the region’s new $17.57 million dam in honour of the late Noeline Ikin, who died last month of a brain tumour. 

Ms Ikin lived in Georgetown and Senator McGrath wants the council to name the proposed Charleston Dam on the Delaney River near Forsayth after her.

Senator McGrath said Ms Ikin, a former LNP candidate for the seat of Kennedy and Etheridge Shire Councillor, was a tireless and devoted advocate for North Queensland whose contribution was worthy of a permanent and prominent tribute.

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Senator McGrath calls for Milo McFlurry to be introduced to Australia

I think this letter is self-explanatory and doesn't need too much chitty-chat from me. I think Milo and McDonalds are great. A Milo McFlurry would give my Queensland Affogato (rum, Milo and ice-cream) a run for the money. 

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Fighting for better mobile coverage in Longman

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To find out more, visit communications.gov.au/mbsp

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Government strengthens building industry reforms

Last night, the Senate voted to strengthen the Turnbull Government’s reforms to the building and construction industry.

Last year, Parliament voted to reintroduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission – delivering a tough cop on the beat to enforce the rule of law and ensure unlawful action on building sites is properly investigated, dealt with and penalised.

At the same time, it voted to introduce a new Building Code for Australian Government funded projects – to end the cartel between the big builders and unions, provide greater protections for small business and prohibit within enterprise agreements which restrict productivity.

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Minister Tehan - 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said on today’s 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, Australians would pause and reflect on the lives lost and more than 15,000 Australian soldiers who were taken prisoner.

A public National Service will be held today at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria and will be attended by the Governor-General, His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove, His Excellency Mr Fook Seng Kwok, High Commissioner for Singapore, and Mrs Pearl Kwok, Mr Tehan, Shadow Veterans’ Affairs Minister Amanda Rishworth as well as veterans of World War II and former prisoners of war.

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