Parliamentary Speeches

Constituency Statements: Climate Change (27 Oct 2021)

Tim Watts: Yesterday was a grim day in the global battle against climate change. In the lead-up to the Glasgow climate conference, scientists have confirmed that the current emissions reduction commitments of governments around the world will see us on track for 2.7 degrees of global warming by 2100. That would be a global catastrophe and would radically change the Australian way of life for our...

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Statements by Members: Treasurer (26 Oct 2021)

Tim Watts: The elite and out-of-touch British aristocracy would often address their servants by their job titles-cook and boots-instead of having to learn their names. The Duke of Portland took this a step further and forced his servants to face the wall as he passed. But not even the dukes and duchesses of the Old Dart were as out of touch as this Treasurer, who last night showed that he...

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Bills: Social Security Legislation Amendment (Remote Engagement Program) Bill 2021; Second Readin...

Tim Watts: I second the amendment and reserve my right to speak.

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Private Members' Business: Cybersecurity (25 Oct 2021)

Tim Watts: I thank the member for Fisher for moving this motion, though I have to say that the member may have left out a few things along the way that I do want to bring to the attention of the House. I'll start out by saying that, in the ASD and the ACSC, we have some outstanding technical capabilities. They do really fantastic work. There are world-class capabilities in these agencies and we need to...

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Private Members' Business: Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (25 Oct 2021)

Tim Watts: I thank the member for Berowra for moving this important motion regarding the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and I'm pleased to rise to support it, because the men and women of ASIO-indeed, across all our intelligence and security services-do incredibly important work to keep us safe and to secure the things we value as a nation. As ASIO's 2020-21 annual report,...

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Statements: Personal Explanation (21 Oct 2021)

Tim Watts: I rise to make a personal explanation.

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