Speeches

Bills: Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2017-2018, Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2017-2018; Second Reading...


Tim Watts: He's transformed!

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Questions without Notice: Deputy Prime Minister (15 Feb 2018)


Tim Watts: It is outrageous!

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Bills: Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2) Bill 2017; Second Reading (7 Feb 2018)


Tim Watts: Before I begin on the bill in question, I want to associate myself with the remarks from the chair just now. I know that's the feeling of members across this parliament. The people who spoke on this motion were some of the best people in the parliament, in my view, including the member for McMillan and especially the member for Hotham. That is a tribute to Mickey Gordon. Given how we in this...

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Bills: Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2) Bill 2017; Second Reading (7 Feb 2018)


Tim Watts: On the bill in question, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2) Bill 2017, Labor will not be supporting this $65 billion tax cut for business. That is not news to anyone who has been following the political debate in recent times. But it is worth noting in the chamber here today the symbolic value of this bill because it highlights the Turnbull government's ideological...

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Statements by Members: National Basketball Association (5 Feb 2018)


Tim Watts: I rise today to express my outrage at the exclusion of Australian Ben Simmons from this year's NBA All-Star game. In a record-breaking rookie year for the Philadelphia 76ers, Ben is currently averaging nearly 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a game. He's already had five triple doubles, and, frankly, no-one with two brain cells to rub together would want Goran Dragic on their...

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Private Members' Business: Myanmar: Rakhine State (5 Feb 2018)


Tim Watts: I thank the member for Calwell for moving this important motion today. The exodus of the Rohingya people from the northern Arakan and the Rakhine state of Myanmar-and the persecution, attacks, killings and human rights abuses that precipitated it-is a humanitarian crisis of catastrophic proportions, which is unfolding in our own region. United Nations officials have described the...

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