ADJOURNMENT – Lady Phyllis Cilento

I rise this evening to speak about the legacy of a remarkable woman, Lady Phyllis Cilento. Lady Cilento belonged to one of Australia’s most prominent families. She had a long history of public service. She was a household name in Brisbane—indeed, across...

MOTIONS – Queensland Shark Attacks

I move: That the Senate— (a) notes the importance of the tourism industry to the Queensland economy, the key role that the North Queensland region plays in attracting tourists to the Sunshine State, and recognises the Liberal National Coalition Government’s $5...

ADJOURNMENT – Outback Queensland Tourism, Shark Attacks

We are blessed in so many ways in my home state of Queensland. It’s a great big state, a vast expanse of a state. It has a cornucopia of marvels across it. We are the Sunshine state. We are where tourists go. I don’t believe there is a better state in this...

ADJOURNMENT – Mrs Joyce Newton OAM

There is a small town up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It’s on the slopes and the hills of the Blackall Range. It’s guarded to the south by the Glass House Mountains. It’s called Maleny. It’s one of those changing rural towns. Forty years...

COMMITTEES – Listening to young people

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is holding further public hearings into the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Increasing Voter Participation) Bill 2018. This Bill as proposed by the Greens would extend the franchise to 16 and...

COMMITTEES – A fair and transparent democracy for all

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has released its report on the proposed amendments to the Electoral Funding and Reform Bill, referred to the Committee in September 2018. The Committee, having considered the Bill in its original form earlier this...