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Speeches

Adjournment: Turnbull Government (25 Oct 2017)


Tim Watts: Unfortunately, it's been a shameful week in this parliament. It was a truly depressing moment in Australian politics yesterday when the Minister for Justice made the contemptible smear that members of the Labor Party were somehow opposed to locking up paedophiles. The extraordinary AFP raids on the Australian Workers' Union's offices in Sydney and Melbourne later that afternoon took us to a...

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Private Members' Business: New Colombo Plan (23 Oct 2017)


Tim Watts: I have spoken frequently in this chamber in the past about the need for Australia to tackle with a sense of urgency the task of engaging with our region. As shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen recently noted, Australia needs a step change across government, business and culture in its engagement with Asia. There's a middle class of 1.7 billion people in our region, bigger than all of Europe and...

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Bills: Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 6) Bill 2017; Second Reading (18 Oct 2017)


Tim Watts: I rise to support the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 6) Bill 2017. Digital currencies and, in particular, decentralised cryptocurrencies have been one of the more mind-bending digital innovations of the past decade. Money supply is a difficult concept for a layman to get their head around at the best of times but, when you add a digital peer-to-peer exchange that relies on a...

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Matters of Public Importance: Poverty and Inequality (18 Oct 2017)


Tim Watts: This week is Anti-Poverty Week. It should be a week for all Australians to focus on the three million of us, including 730,000 children, who currently live in poverty. I want to talk today about the most important bulwark we have against poverty, as the previous speaker was harping on about: high-quality, secure work. It's something that's been on the minds of my constituents recently as...

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Bills: Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures No. 1) Bill 2...


Tim Watts: For many young Australians today, the dream of homeownership feels completely out of reach. I speak with them every day in my electorate in Melbourne's west. A generation of young Australians have watched property prices break away from wages. They are a generation who, no matter how much they save, see property prices growing faster than the deposit they need to get a foot on the property...

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Statements by Members: Energy (17 Oct 2017)


Tim Watts: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I ask: will the Prime Minister, Prime Minister Turnbull, bring the coalition's pet rock, their ceremonial lump of coal, to question time himself today. Will the member for Warringah allow it? I suppose that the member for Warringah has let Prime Minister Turnbull keep the solar panels on the roof of his harbour-side mansion so there does seem to be some give in the...

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