House of Representatives Speech- Public Interest Disclosure (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013

I am pleased today to introduce the Public Interest Disclosure (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013. This bill will amend a number of acts in support of the scheme in the Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2013, which I introduced into the House of Representatives on 21 March 2013.

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House of Representatives Speech- Constitution Alteration (Local Government) 2013

The Constitution Alteration (Local Government) 2013 is a bill to amend section 96 of the Australian Constitution to make specific provision in relation to the granting of financial assistance to local government bodies.

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House of Representatives Speech-Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Annual Report 2012, Council of Australian Governments Review of Counterterrorism Legislation

The first review I am tabling is the annual report of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor for 2012. The monitor's role is created by legislation, to review Australia's national security laws and counterterrorism laws on an ongoing basis and determine whether they remain necessary, effective, proportionate and consistent with our international human rights obligations.

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House of Representatives Speech- Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2013

Mr Deputy Speaker, the government opposes this amendment. This is a proposal by the opposition to retain a cap on spending that has been in the referendum (machinery provisions) legislation since 1912. That is where the member for Mackellar wants to take Australian electoral processes back to—1912.

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House of Representatives Speech- Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2013

  I thank the member for Mackellar for her contribution to the debate on the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2013. Last week the Prime Minister announced that the Australian government will hold a referendum on 14 September to ask Australians to financially recognise local government in our nation's Constitution. If agreed by the Australian people, the amendment will make a modest but important change to our Constitution so that the existing practice of federal government support for local communities is formally recognised in our Constitution. The change would formally recognise the reality of our three-sphere system of government in Australia. The Australian government works closely with local governments every day to deliver vital services to communities, and I expect the referendum proposal will receive broad and bipartisan support in this federal parliament and across the country.

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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- Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013

This bill establishes sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status as protected grounds of discrimination under the Sex Discrimination Act.

For the past 40 years, federal Labor governments have actively promoted principles of fairness and equality by enacting the sex, disability and racial discrimination acts, and establishing the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (now called the Australian Human Rights Commission).

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House of Representatives Speech- National Apology for Forced Adoptions 2013

Today, this Parliament, on behalf of the Australian people, takes responsibility and apologises for the policies and practices that forced the separation of mothers from their babies, which created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering.

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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- 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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