Parliamentary Speeches

Private Members' Business: Defence Industry (2 Jun 2021)


Tim Watts: I must admit that I was impressed when I read this motion on the Notice Paper, not because it's yet another example of the Morrison government using defence as a political tactic-I have come to expect that from this government-it's the sheer hubris of talking about a $270 billion defence capability investment in a self-congratulatory motion when they have delivered very little...

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Statements by Members: COVID 19: Aged Care (1 Jun 2021)


Tim Watts: Last year 655 Victorians died from COVID-19 infections in aged-care facilities, 64 of them in four facilities in my electorate. I've spoken with their grieving families. They aren't statistics. They're beloved mothers, fathers, grandparents, friends who died in appalling circumstances, scared and cut off from the physical support of their loved ones. My heart breaks for these families today...

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Bills: Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2021-2022, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2021-2022, Appropriation...


Tim Watts: After eight long years of the coalition government, Australians would be entitled to look back and ask, 'What was the point of that?' This budget sets Australia on course for $1 trillion in Commonwealth debt-$1 trillion of Liberal debt-but for all that spending what will we have to show? This budget spent plenty of money on the Morrison government's political problems, but go out...

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Statements by Members: COVID-19: Quarantine, COVID-19: Vaccination (25 May 2021)


Tim Watts: The Morrison government had two jobs during this pandemic: quarantine and vaccinations. They bungled both, and today Victorians are paying the price. The new cases and the new restrictions announced in Victoria today are the latest consequences of the Morrison government's failure to do its job. Australia will continue to be vulnerable to outbreaks like this until the Morrison government...

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Statements by Members: Migration (24 May 2021)


Tim Watts: Recently I was lucky enough to visit with Kayaan Katyal and his parents, Varun and Priyanka, in my electorate. I spent time with Varun and Priyanka talking about how our community could stop their family from being deported by the Morrison government to India because, despite Varun and Priyanka having been in Australia for a decade and Kayaan having been born here, the Morrison government is...

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Statements by Members: Gellibrand Electorate: Anzac Day (12 May 2021)


Tim Watts: I recently had the privilege of attending a series of Anzac Day services in my electorate. These are important events in the community, and I know how much people have missed them during COVID-19 restrictions. I started by attending the Altona RSL's regular commemoration and march through Altona the weekend before Anzac Day. On Anzac Day the dawn service in Williamston, a much-loved event,...

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