Parliamentary Speeches

Matters of Public Importance: Broadband (23 Feb 2021)


Tim Watts: If there is one thing we have learnt about this government, it's that it always puts itself first. When taxpayer funding is involved, this government's priorities are always its own political interests over the national interest. As a result, we've seen this confluence of rorts-all the ways that taxpayer funding is spent on the political interests of the Liberal and National parties,...

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Questions without Notice: Workplace Relations (22 Feb 2021)


Tim Watts: My question is to the Prime Minister. Why isn't the Prime Minister willing to stand up to tech giants like Uber and Deliveroo to stop Australian workers from being paid less than the minimum wage?

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Statements by Members: COVID-19: Vaccination (22 Feb 2021)


Tim Watts: I was very pleased to see Professor Rhonda Stuart become the first Victorian to receive a COVID-19 vaccine today. The success of this vaccine rollout is the most important endeavour confronting the nation at the moment, so it's important that we're all on 'team Australia' in this effort. But, when politicians don't listen to the government's expert medical advisers, they expose themselves to...

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Bills: Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020; Second...


Tim Watts: Australians know that we debate this bill, the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020, in uncertain times-Victorians, in particular. We aren't through this pandemic yet and we still have a very long way to go in our economic recovery as we navigate the path ahead. But, at this point, it's worth looking backwards for a moment to those people who...

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Adjournment: Cybersecurity (17 Feb 2021)


Tim Watts: In its ACSC annual cyber threat report July 2019 to June 2020, the Australian Cyber Security Centre warned that ransomware is now the highest cyberthreat facing Australian businesses and government. Ransomware is malicious software deployed by criminal groups to deny access to an organisation's IT systems and data until a ransom is paid. It's not just Australia battling this threat;...

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Bills: Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill...


Tim Watts: It is with some anticipation that I have been waiting to speak on this bill, the Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill 2020. Indeed, it is with some anticipation that I have been waiting to see the government's amendments to this bill, which have been hotly sought by stakeholders throughout both the media and the technology sectors. The bill...

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