From the Desk
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 Greens, would extend voluntary voting rights to 16 and 17 year-olds, allow enrolment for 14 and 15 year-olds, and permit a provisional vote on Election Day for unenrolled citizens.
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) Act 2011, thereby abolishing the compulsory student services and amenities fee (SSAF) and amending the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to abolish the Student Amenities (SA-HELP) loans.
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.