Parliamentary Speeches

Committees: Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee; Report (13 May 2020)


Tim Watts: While I'm not a member of the social policy committee, I have some interest in the subject of this inquiry and I'm pleased to have an opportunity to speak on it here today. I've been following for some time the work of committee members during the inquiry into age verification for online wagering and online pornography. I take this opportunity to make a few comments on the report produced by...

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Bills: Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Bill 2020; Second Reading (12 May 2020)


Tim Watts: I'm pleased to have the opportunity to speak on the Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Bill. We all have a role to play in our nation's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and I'm pleased that for this week at least parliamentarians are being allowed to do their job in this place, providing representation for our communities and accountability and scrutiny of the...

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Constituency Statements: Coronavirus (5 Mar 2020)


Tim Watts: I know that many people in my community would be feeling concerned about the spread of coronavirus. That's only natural. This week we saw the first domestic infections of the virus in Australia and the first death. The virus has now infected people in more than 60 countries, and we expect infection numbers to grow rapidly before they decline. But in Australia we enjoy world-class facilities...

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Statements by Members: Prime Minister (4 Mar 2020)


Tim Watts: Last night on the ABC we gained a telling insight into this Prime Minister's psyche. The Prime Minister was asked about his habit of misleading the Australian public when he is under pressure, a pattern of behaviour we've seen on issues like his secret Hawaii holiday, the Brian Houston affair, the City of Sydney forged document imbroglio and the sports rorts scandal. The PM dismissed all of...

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Questions without Notice: Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program (3 Mar 2020)


Tim Watts: I withdraw.

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Bills: Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2019-2020, Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2019-2020; Second Reading...


Tim Watts: Well, it's been hard to keep up with the rorts and corrupt programs that the Morrison government rolled out in the lead-up to the last election. There have been sports rorts, regional rorts, road rorts, car park rorts, pool rorts, grants for women's change rooms for footy clubs without women's teams, grants for projects that had already been announced and built-and just coincidentally...

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A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA.