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Western Australia – Lithium – 28 March 2018

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (13:35): As I’ve reflected on many times in this place, Western Australia is no stranger to pioneering new, globally competitive and commercially successful industries. You just have to look at our resource and agricultural sectors, and now our rapidly developing defence and space industries. So today I rise to speak about […]

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BILLS – Intelligence Services Amendment (Establishment of the Australian Signals Directorate) 2018 – Second Reading – 27 March 2018

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (13:57): As Chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee I too rise to speak on the Intelligence Services Amendment (Establishment of the Australian Signals Directorate) Bill 2018. There is no greater responsibility for any government and for any parliament than to ensure the safety and security of […]

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MATTERS OF URGENCY – Politics and Sport – 26 March 2018

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (16:10): I, too, rise to speak on this matter of public importance. Australia is a proud sporting nation. Integrity and honesty are critically important attributes for the grassroots local clubs through to our nation’s largest sporting teams, both professional and community. All of our sporting teams, no matter what the level, […]

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Take Note of Answers – Taxation – 21 March 2018

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (15:19): I, too, rise to take note of the answer provided by Minister Cormann. But, first of all, I have a confession to make to this chamber. When I spoke this morning on the new tax bill, I inadvertently misled the chamber. I said that we had had 16 consecutive months […]

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Taxation – 21 March 2018

Senator STERLE (Western Australia) (14:48): My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services, Senator Fierravanti-Wells. Yesterday the minister was forced to correct her misleading statements made in the Senate on Tuesday and Wednesday about the impact of Labor’s sensible reforms to dividend imputation cash refunds. Given it is the government’s entire […]

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Statement – Australia: Allies – 21 March 2018

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (13:16): I too rise to discuss the health of our democracy but in this case in relation to the enduring value of our liberal democratic allies globally. I was reflecting on the Prime Minister’s successful visit to the United States last month and on the genuine warmth and mateship between Prime […]

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Natural Disasters – 21 March 2018

Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia) (14:39): Thank you very much. My question is to the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Fierravanti-Wells. Opposition senators: Yes! Senator REYNOLDS: It’s great to see the enthusiasm from those opposite! Can the minister please advise the Senate of the impact of the recent earthquake in Papua New Guinea […]

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Pensions and Benefits – 21 March 2018

Senator WATT (Queensland) (14:50): My question is to the minister representing the Minister for Social Services, Senator Fierravanti-Wells. Yesterday, in defending her understanding of the government’s misleading argument against Labor’s sensible reform of excess dividend imputation cash refunds, the minister said:— Government senators interjecting— The PRESIDENT: Order on my right. Senator WATT: ‘More than half […]

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