Parliamentary Speeches

Statements by Members: COVID-19: Vaccination (16 Mar 2021)

Tim Watts: I was pleased to see the Leader of the Opposition and the member for Dunkley get the second shots of their COVID-19 vaccination this morning. Getting all Australians vaccinated is the only way that we're going to get through this pandemic and get our day-to-day lives back to normal. Unfortunately, though, the Morrison government isn't doing its bit. Yet again, it's been too focused on...

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Bills: Online Safety Bill 2021, Online Safety (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendmen...

Tim Watts: I rise to speak on the Online Safety Bill 2021 and the Online Safety (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021. Together, they seek to create a new online safety framework for Australians, 'a modern, fit-for-purpose regulatory framework that builds on the strengths of the existing legislative scheme for online safety'. Labor have a strong record, in government and in...

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Motions: Video Game Industry (15 Mar 2021)

Tim Watts: I move: That this House: (1) notes that: (a) video games are a large and growing market-Australians spent $3.6 billion on games in 2019, more than double the amount they spent in 2012; (b) video gaming is a mainstream activity-two thirds of Australians play video games with an average age of 37; and (c) globally, the video game industry generates more than double the revenue of...

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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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