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Fielding delivers final Senate speech

Fielding delivers final Senate speech

Yesterday afternoon Senator Steve Fielding presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: I have always loved listening to stories. I love sitting around a campfire with my kids and telling them stories of my own childhood, growing up in a large family of 16 children. There is something about a story that allows others to […]

Hurley delivers final Senate speech

Hurley delivers final Senate speech

Yesterday afternoon Senator Annette Hurley presented her valedictory speech to the Senate: It was hard work for me to get into the Labor Party. It took me six months to join the New South Wales branch in the early eighties. My flatmate and I were living in Petersham and did not realise that the impending […]

Hutchins delivers final Senate speech

Hutchins delivers final Senate speech

Yesterday afternoon Senator Steve Hutchins presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: Cleaver Elliott, the then Deputy Clerk of the Senate, when asked what is a senator’s most important speech, said ‘It is the last, not the first, as it is a chance to speak to the future.’ My last speech is to be just […]

McGauran delivers final Senate speech

McGauran delivers final Senate speech

Yesterday afternoon Senator Julian McGauran presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: McGauran: Mr President, I ask for the suspension of standing order 187—speeches not to be read! The President: Proceed, Senator McGauran. I am looking forward to your speech. McGauran: Mr President and Senators, now that my hour has come to give my final […]

Ferguson presents final Senate speech

Ferguson presents final Senate speech

Yesterday afternoon Senator Alan Ferguson presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: The President: Before I call Senator Ferguson, I table volume 16 of Rulings of the President of the Senate, which covers Senator Ferguson’s time as president. Ferguson: Thank you, Mr President. That will probably be the shortest book in history! It gives me […]

Minchin delivers final Senate speech

Minchin delivers final Senate speech

Yesterday afternoon Senator Nick Minchin presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: The 30th of June will, in my case, bring to an end not just 18 years in the Senate but 32 years of full-time involvement in politics. Unusually for the conservative side of politics, I have spent virtually all my working life serving […]

Care about out democracy? Read this & spread the word

Care about out democracy? Read this & spread the word

If you are only going to read one thing about how Australia’s federal Parliament works – and more importantly how it doesn’t work – read this fabulous piece by the long-standing Clerk of the Senate, Harry Evans. Among many things, he highlights the fact that the supposed ‘Westminster system’ we are repeatedly told Australia has, […]

Barnaby & the future of the Nationals

Barnaby & the future of the Nationals

The Nationals’ Senate Leader, Barnaby Joyce, gave an address to the National Press Club yesterday where his key theme was the need for the Nationals to more clearly distinguish themselves from the Liberals. He said “the 2007 Federal election loss was a devastating event for the Federal National Party, not only because it saw us out […]

Putting families first by keeping political donations secret?!

Putting families first by keeping political donations secret?!

It’s probably redundant to express bafflement at Steve Fielding’s actions in the Senate, so instead I’ll state that I’m flabbergasted at the Family First Senator’s decision this week to block an attempt to restore some transparency to political donations in Australia.  It’s hard to see how Australian families benefit from enabling the wealthy to keep […]

Senate debate starts on workplace law changes

Senate debate starts on workplace law changes

Given public statements made by both the Coalition and the Greens, it is very hard to see a majority of the Senate insisting on any amendments it makes, should the government reject them in the House of Representatives. This means Labor will make the eventual decision on what type of amendments, if any, they are willing to wear and the Senate debate will serve mainly as a vehicle for the various parties to do some positioning on what is still a politically significant issue.