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Take note of answers – Marriage – 9 August 2017

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (15:16): I, too, rise to take note of the Attorney-General’s answer to Senator Pratt’s question. We’ve just heard from the last two speakers on the other side a lot about values, compassion and legal equality. There are other values here that I think are very important. They talk about all those values […]

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Senators Statements – PNG Elections – 9 August 2017

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (12:45): Australia is a close and longstanding partner to Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is a country that I have visited many times over the last decade and I have come to develop a great affection for. From the 25 to 30 June, I had the great privilege of representing the […]

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Statments by Senators – Carnegie Clean Energy – 21 June 2017

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (13:35): It will probably come as no surprise to anyone in this chamber that I am a very proud Western Australian, and I take every opportunity in this place to promote the many successful and innovative industries we have in Western Australia, particularly those that develop and commercialise world-leading technologies. I rise […]

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Take Note of Answers – Schools – 21 June 2017

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (15:22): I too rise to take note of Minister Birmingham’s answers at question time today. I think the appropriate place to start with any commentary on this is where it should be focused in this chamber at all times—on the best interests of all of Australian students. Sadly, listening to those opposite […]

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Motions – Naval Shipbuilding Plan – 14 June 2017

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (16:20): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 338 standing in my name. Leave granted. Senator REYNOLDS: I move the motion as amended: That the Senate— (a) congratulates the Government on its delivery of the Naval Shipbuilding Plan; (b) notes that the Naval Shipbuilding Plan re-affirms the Government’s commitment […]

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Take Note of Answers – Energy – 14 June 2017

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (15:19): I too rise to speak on this motion to take note of answers. For me, listening to question time today, it was the perfect demonstration yet again of why the Australian public is so disillusioned in all of us in this chamber. The questions from those opposite and what I have […]

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Adjourment – Smith, Ms Cecily – 13 June 2017

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (19:29): I rise tonight to pay tribute to a remarkable Western Australian woman, Cecily Smith, who passed away in February of this year following a lifetime of military and community service. Today many more servicewomen serve shoulder to shoulder with our servicemen, but in earlier wars our servicewomen were often overlooked. While […]

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Take Note of Answers – Budget – 11 May 2017

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (15:11): I too rise to take note of the ministers’ answers on the very fine coalition government’s 2017-18 budget. I commend them for it. I have to say that, in listening to Senator Polley then, all I could think of is that wonderful Monty Python’s Life of Brian skit, ‘What have the Romans ever […]

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Take Note of Answers – National Broadband Network – 29 March 2017

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (15:18): I too rise to take note of the minister’s answer on this issue. Listening to the two speakers opposite, I concur with the Attorney-General that this is probably one of the most disgraceful issues under attack here. No matter how much fancy footing and words that Senator Cameron and Senator O’Neill […]

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