Parliamentary Speeches

Bills: Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020; Second...


Tim Watts: Australians know that we debate this bill, the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020, in uncertain times-Victorians, in particular. We aren't through this pandemic yet and we still have a very long way to go in our economic recovery as we navigate the path ahead. But, at this point, it's worth looking backwards for a moment to those people who...

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Adjournment: Cybersecurity (17 Feb 2021)


Tim Watts: In its ACSC annual cyber threat report July 2019 to June 2020, the Australian Cyber Security Centre warned that ransomware is now the highest cyberthreat facing Australian businesses and government. Ransomware is malicious software deployed by criminal groups to deny access to an organisation's IT systems and data until a ransom is paid. It's not just Australia battling this threat;...

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Bills: Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill...


Tim Watts: It is with some anticipation that I have been waiting to speak on this bill, the Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill 2020. Indeed, it is with some anticipation that I have been waiting to see the government's amendments to this bill, which have been hotly sought by stakeholders throughout both the media and the technology sectors. The bill...

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Private Members' Business: Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (15 Feb 2021)


Tim Watts: I thank the member for Ryan for moving this important motion and recognise his ongoing interest in this issue and the advocacy that he has done in this House on this cause since being elected. It is a cause that is shared by all of us in this building. There wouldn't be a single member of parliament from any political party of any particular persuasion that would not be as equally committed...

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Constituency Statements: Gellibrand Electorate: Australia Day Awards, Ovarian Cancer (4 Feb 2021)


Tim Watts: Last month, two members of my community were awarded Australia Day honours, and I would like to offer my congratulations to them here. George Said was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to our community in Hobsons Bay. George is a well-known and well-loved figure in our community, and he has a truly inspirational story. In 1956 George fled Egypt for Britain during...

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Adjournment: Democracy (3 Feb 2021)


Tim Watts: As the opportunity arises tonight, just a few minutes before the adjournment, I thought I might take the opportunity to say a few words about recent events in Washington DC and the violence we saw at the Capitol Building there. I, like many members of this chamber, have enormous love and affection for what some of you might think of as our big brother democracy in the United States. Australia...

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A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA.