House of Representatives Speech- Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2013

I am pleased today to introduce the Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2013.

This Labor government is committed to building and maintaining a culture of transparency. An open and transparent government is a key feature of a healthy democracy.

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House of Representatives Speech- Court Security Bill 2013

Federal courts and tribunals, due to their very nature as forums to resolve disputes, bring together people who are in serious conflict. Proceedings are often emotionally charged and can involve actual or threatened violence.

It is essential that federal courts and tribunals are properly supported in their efforts to prevent, as far as possible, security incidents arising on their premises and to respond quickly and appropriately to control incidents when they do arise.

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House of Representatives Speech- Marriage Amendment (Celebrant Administration and Fees) Bill 2013

The Marriage Amendment (Celebrant Administration and Fees) Bill 2013 will help to improve the services celebrants provide to couples and their families on their wedding day.

It implements a 2011 budget decision to introduce cost recovery for Commonwealth registered marriage celebrants in Australia, and makes minor amendments related to the administration of the Marriage Celebrants Program.

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House of Representatives Speech- Social Security Legislation Amendment (Disaster Recovery Allowance) Bill 2013

This bill introduces a new disaster recovery income support payment, the disaster recovery allowance.

In recent years we have seen a trend of increasingly severe floods, cyclones, bushfires and storms. The recent summer has been no exception. Clearly the time for questioning the veracity of climate change is over.

These disasters have taken a physical, emotional and financial toll on all Australians. Most tragically, lives have been lost. We know that disasters in Australia are inevitable. We know that disasters in Australia are getting more prevalent. We know that disasters in Australia cost lives and livelihoods and we need to be prepared for this.

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House of Representatives Speech- Marriage (Celebrant Registration Charge) Bill 2013

The Marriage (Celebrant Registration Charge) Bill 2013 specifically implements the 2011-12 budget decision to introduce cost recovery for Commonwealth registered marriage celebrants from 1 July 2013.

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House of Representatives Speech- Media 2013

Let us take a considered and careful look at the record on free speech, since that is the way in which this has been put by the member for Wentworth. Let us compare the hysterical rhetoric that we have just heard from the member for Wentworth, and the hysterical rhetoric from a whole range of people on the other side of this chamber, with what has actually happened in terms of historical facts.

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House of Representatives Speech- Royal Commissions Amendment Bill 2013

  I welcome the contribution of all members to the debate on the Royal Commissions Amendment Bill 2013. The measures in the Royal Commissions Amendment Bill 2013 will assist the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to undertake its important inquiry and to facilitate participation in the commission by those who wish to tell their story. The changes proposed have been designed to ensure that the royal commission can work quickly to deliver recommendations that will make real improvements and hear from a wide range of people. To achieve these aims, we need to give the commission as much flexibility as we can in the manner of its operation.

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House of Representatives Speech- Royal Commissions Amendment Bill 2013

In January this year, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, the Governor-General issued Letters Patent appointing six commissioners who will work together as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. This bill makes important changes to the Royal Commission Act to assist the commission in conducting its inquiry.

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House of Representatives Speech- Federal Circuit Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012

I thank honourable members for their contribution to this debate. The Federal Circuit Court of Australia Legislation Amendment Act 2012 passed the parliament late last year. It will rename the Federal Magistrates Court as the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and will change the title of federal magistrate to judge. This bill, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012, operates together with the act and makes consequential amendments to the Commonwealth statute book to reflect the court's new name and the new title of federal magistrate. This bill (inaudible) a smooth transition to the new name without altering (inaudible). The government will commence this bill concurrently with the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Legislation Amendment Act 2012 so that changes are implemented consistently across all relevant legislation. The new name, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, and the new title of judge better captures the court's modern role and properly reflects the important services that the court provides to rural and regional communities through its program of regular court circuits.

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House of Representatives Speech- Australia's Future 2012

  I rise today on what must be a very sad day for this Liberal Party, and a sad day for standards of decency and integrity in this country. We have had, for weeks now, a bizarre attack on the record of the government, and completely fabricated claims made against the Prime Minister—unsubstantiated, unjustifiable claims against the Prime Minister.

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