Parliamentary Speeches

Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Ii and Accession of His Majesty King Charles Iii: Address (2...


Tim Watts: The House meets today to mark the end of an era, the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the end of her historic reign. I convey my condolences to Her Majesty's family and friends for their deep personal loss of an obviously dearly loved matriarch. Death is a difficult thing for human beings to grapple with at the best of times, but it must be particularly hard to grapple with as...

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Condolences: Abe, Mr Shinzo (3 Aug 2022)


Tim Watts: I join Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Penny Wong, in offering my sincere condolences and the condolences of all Australians to the late Shinzo Abe's family and to the people of Japan. It's hard to fathom that a statesman of such stature, such conviction and such determination could be felled by one cowardly act of violence. Four days after his death, I...

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Governor-General's Speech: Address-In-Reply (1 Aug 2022)


Tim Watts: I've always made it my practice to begin my first speech in every new parliament by giving thanks to the people who have put their trust in me to represent them in this place. Thank you to my constituents in Melbourne's west. Representing you in this place is the greatest honour of my life, and I'll continue to work hard each and every day to try and live up to it, and to build a better...

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Motions: National Archives of Australia Advisory Council (28 Jul 2022)


Tim Watts: by leave-I move: That, in accordance with the provisions of section 10 of the Archives Act 1983, this House appoint Mr Smith as a member of the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council for a period of three years. Question agreed to.

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Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust: Appointment (28 Jul 2022)


Tim Watts: Mr Speaker, this being my first occasion to speak in this parliament, I congratulate you on your new role. I ask leave the House to move a motion to appoint a member to the Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust. Leave granted. I move: That, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948, Ms Vamvakinou be appointed a trustee to serve on the...

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Condolences: Kitching, Senator Kimberley Jane Elizabeth (30 Mar 2022)


Tim Watts: While I've enjoyed listening to the contributions of the member for Goldstein, the member for Canning and the member for Oxley about Kimberley Kitching's life today, I must say that it is a grim duty for members of this parliament to speak on this motion before the House. The sudden death of Kimberley Kitching at just 52 years of age is a profound human tragedy. Those of us in this building...

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