Parliamentary Speeches

Bills: Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2020-2021; Consideration in Detail (12 Nov 2020)


Tim Watts: I have a few questions about cybersecurity aspects of the Home Affairs portfolio. On 30 June 2020, the Prime Minister announced $35 million in funding to deliver 'a new cyberthreat-sharing platform for industry and government to share intelligence about malicious cyberactivity as part of the 2020 cybersecurity strategy'. But this wasn't the first time the government announced a...

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Bills: Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Bill 2020; Second Rea...


Tim Watts: I'd like to start my comments on this long-awaited bill before the House tonight, the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Bill 2020, by acknowledging the contribution of the member for Macnamara and providing a shout-out to that outstanding community television show that he referred to earlier, The Shtickan institution of the Melbourne Jewish community that...

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Constituency Statements: United States Presidential Election (11 Nov 2020)


Tim Watts: I want to rise today to offer my congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on winning the 2020 US presidential election. As Joe Biden said in his acceptance speech, 'America is at its best when it is a beacon for the globe, when it leads not by the example of its power but by the power of its example.' Joe Biden's election win is a powerful example to...

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Statements by Members: Stott Despoja, Ms Natasha, AO (10 Nov 2020)


Tim Watts: I rise today to offer my wholehearted congratulations to Natasha Stott Despoja on her election to a seat on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. She is the first Australian to hold such a position in 30 years. Natasha was Australia's candidate after the completion of a merit based selection process, and I can't think of anyone more qualified to take...

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Adjournment: Cybersecurity (28 Oct 2020)


Tim Watts: We're just one week away from the US presidential election, and the eyes of the world are on the democratic processes of the United States. Unfortunately, the attention of groups of state backed hackers from around the world has also been trained on the US election as the US's adversaries seek to interfere in that great nation's democratic process. Last week the FBI, the Director of National...

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Statements by Members: Child Care (26 Oct 2020)


Tim Watts: Raising young children can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling parts of life, but it's also one of the most challenging things that you can do, especially if you're trying to juggle being a parent with also having a career. Governments should back in parents who try to make this work, and that means universal affordable child care. As an MP with two young children, I know that my...

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