Parliamentary Speeches

Statements: Personal Explanation (21 Oct 2021)


Tim Watts: I do. It involves the member for Hughes.

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Statements: Personal Explanation (21 Oct 2021)


Tim Watts: I thought it was implied. On Wednesday 20 October, the member for Hughes made a personal explanation stating that I had falsely asserted that he had been 'banned from Facebook for spreading COVID-19 misinformation'. There are two misrepresentations in this statement. Firstly, in a recent letter to me from Facebook, the company told me: As a matter of public record, under our harmful health...

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Statements by Members: Social Media (21 Oct 2021)


Tim Watts: Labor recently wrote to YouTube highlighting a number of videos posted by the member for Hughes that violated its COVID-19 misinformation policy. Responding to this letter, Google agreed that these videos violated its misinformation policy and removed them, but strangely, of the seven other videos on the member for Hughes's channel that we reported directly on the YouTube platform at the same...

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Bills: Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020; Second Reading (20 Oct...


Tim Watts: I'm pleased to have the opportunity to rise to speak on this significant bill, the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020, designed to better protect Australia's critical infrastructure assets from a growing range of cyberthreats. Labor broadly supports the measures in this bill and will be supporting the passage of this bill through the parliament this week. For...

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Questions without Notice: Climate Change (19 Oct 2021)


Tim Watts: My question is to the Prime Minister. Yesterday the former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said that the Morrison-Joyce government is 'caught in this vice' of this really strong group of climate denialists who, basically, 'don't take global warming seriously'. How can Australians trust the Prime Minister will deliver on anything that he announces on emissions reductions this week?

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Bills: Health Insurance Amendment (Enhancing the Bonded Medical Program and Other Measures) Bill...


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

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A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA.