Inquiry into domestic violence with particular regard to violence against women and their children

SENATOR THE HON KIM CARR  

CHAIR SENATE LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS REFERENCES COMMITTEE

SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

 

SENATOR AMANDA STOKER   

DEPUTY CHAIR SENATE LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS REFERENCES COMMITTEE

SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

 

INQUIRY INTO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WITH PARTICULAR REGARD TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN

 

The Chair and Deputy Chair of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee References Committee would like to reject media reports that the committee has not discharge its responsibility to the Parliament and the public in a recent inquiry into domestic violence.   

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Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson’s attack on Australian scientists

Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson has called, irresponsibly and without offering any evidence, for Australian scientists to cease collaboration in virus research with their overseas colleagues.

Senator Henderson was responding to media reports that Chinese scientists from the Wuhan Virology Institute had earlier worked at CSIRO’s laboratories in Geelong.

But her demand would not only mean ending collaboration with China. CSIRO collaborates with a range of countries in virology and other areas of medical research.

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GOVERNMENT NEGLIGENCE KILLED HOLDEN

The closure of the iconic Holden brand and General Motors’ withdrawal from Australia is as a direct result of the Coalition goading the company to end manufacturing in 2014. 

The automotive shut down has been a catastrophe, brought about by Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey, but the Prime Minister Scott Morrison had a seat at the Cabinet table.

They showed no regard for the consequences of their actions, and still don’t.

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SHADOW MINISTRY 2019

I will not renominate to be part of the next Labor Shadow Ministry.

I have spoken to Anthony Albanese and told him that I wish him well and the new leadership team every success. Millions of Australians rely on Labor and Labour movement, and I am confident that Labor can regroup and win the next election.

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LABOR TO INVEST IN $5M DIGITAL SKILLS CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

A Shorten Labor Government has announced it will invest $5 million to help establish a Digital Skills Centre of Excellence.
 
This election will be a choice between a united Shorten Labor Government which will give Australians the training they need to get the jobs of the future, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.
 
Labor will work with state or territory governments as an equal partner to support the development of the Centre.

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LABOR’S BURNIE PORT UPGRADE WILL DELIVER JOBS BOOST FOR REGIONAL TASMANIA

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $25 million to upgrade the Burnie Port, creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs across regional Tasmania.
 
We need real change – because more of the same isn’t good enough.

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INDUSTRY MINISTER MUST ACT, NOT JUST TALK, TO FIX COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE CRISIS

Today the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews MP, finally announced “changes” that would allow Australian complementary medicine manufacturers to continue to use the Australian Made logo.
 
The announcement comes as the Morrison Government is about to cross the threshold from unofficial nightwatchman government to official caretaker government.

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BUSINESS R&D SPENDING FALLS BY NEARLY 30 PER CENT IN THREE YEARS UNDER LIBS

This Budget offers nothing for the industries and jobs of Australia’s future.
 
Budget figures show that the Government's own targets for business expenditure on research and development has fallen by $5.3 billion in the past three financial years.

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LABOR’S PLAN TO CREATE A CLEANER AUSTRALIA

A Shorten Labor Government will make Australia a world leader in tackling plastic use and boosting recycling – investing $290 million to cut waste and handing on a cleaner Australia for the next generation.
 
Labor will protect our vulnerable wildlife and reduce the amount of waste generated by putting in place a national ban on plastic products like microbeads and single-use plastic bags.
 

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GOVERNMENT MUST GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD ON R&D TAX INCENTIVE

This afternoon the Government-dominated Senate Economics Legislation Committee took the highly unusual step of making a unanimous recommendation to the Senate that it defer the consideration of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018 pending further refinement.
 
The committee said that on the weight of evidence presented to it, the committee considers that the bill should not proceed until there is further consideration of the R&D tax incentive measures.

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