Letter to the Charities Commission

Dear Commissioner, I write with regard to the charity status of Aussie Farms Inc. As you would be aware, Aussie Farms Inc has been facilitating the unlawful trespass of protesters on private land, and is engaging in a systematic effort to collect, use and disclose...

Fall of Singapore

I move: That the Senate— (a) notes that 15 February 2019 was the 77th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, an event that was considered one of the greatest military defeats in the history of the British Empire; (b) recognises the heroic role that thousands of...

National Security

I move: That the Senate— (a) notes that under the previous Labor Government: (i) 800 boats arrived illegally, carrying 50,000 illegal maritime arrivals, and (ii) 1,200 human lives, including children, were tragically lost at sea; (b) recognises the success of the...

Committee to hear views on lowering the voting age

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is holding a public hearing in Perth to gather further evidence as it considers the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Increasing Voter Participation) Bill 2018. The Bill, as proposed by the...

Bribie Island Road – Estimates

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee … McGRATH: I’d like to ask some questions about the Bribie Island Road upgrade project. I understand that the government announced $20 million for upgrade of the Bribie Island Road. Is that...

Second Reading – Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

In my maiden speech, I made a commitment to introduce a private senator’s bill to abolish the student services and amenities fee. This bill would deliver on that commitment by repealing the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities)...

Queensland Floods

I, and also on behalf of Senators O’Sullivan, Stoker, Macdonald, Canavan, Moore, Watt, Ketter, Chisholm and Hanson, move: That the Senate— (a) recognises the severe impact that flooding in North Queensland and the Gulf region has had on families, businesses,...

McGrath calls on Queensland Labor to consider crocodile culls

Queensland LNP Senator James McGrath yesterday moved a motion in the Senate calling on the Queensland state Labor government to consider all options for the protection of human lives, including sustainable culls of crocodiles. In a statement to the Senate, Senator...

Crocodiles

I move: That the Senate— (a) notes the threat that crocodiles pose to humans, livestock and aquaculture in Central, North and Far North Queensland; (b) recognises that, whilst it is always an admirable goal to protect and conserve wildlife species, measures to...

Hervey Bay Seafood Festival

I move: That the Senate— (a) takes note of the importance of the fishing industry to the Queensland economy, which was worth $294 million in 2015-16, and the particular significance of this industry to Queensland’s coastal towns; (b) notes the excellent occasion...