Matters of Public Importance: Workplace Relations (21 Jun 2017)

Tim Watts: Earlier this week we saw something extraordinary-a recognition, at the highest levels of economic policymaking, of a truth that is currently being felt in households across Australia. Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe told the Crawford Australian Leadership summit that the lack of real wage growth in the Australian economy was 'a crisis'. And he is right. Australia has now experienced...

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Private Members' Business: ThinkUKnow Program (21 Jun 2017)

Tim Watts: I thank the member for moving this motion. Protecting ourselves in the digital age is a challenge that most Australians, young and old, are still coming to grips with. SoThinkUKnow, a free program of cybersafety presentations for parents, carers, teachers and students, is a valuable resource. It is pleasing to see that the initiative was a partnership of the AFP, the Commonwealth Bank,...

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Constituency Statements: Willy Lit Fest (19 Jun 2017)

Tim Watts: I was pleased on the weekend to be able to attend one of the fabulous festivals in Melbourne's west, the annual Williamstown literature festival-the Willy Lit Fest. Judging by the audience reaction the festival winner was Andy Griffiths, the author of the treehouse storey series, who is a local literary icon in Melbourne's west. He was mobbed by young children in Melbourne's west...

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Bills: Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2017-2018; Consideration in Detail (15 Jun 2017)

Tim Watts: I'm sorry to break it to you, but you're not that handsome!

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Bills: Enhancing Online Safety for Children Amendment Bill 2017; Second Reading (13 Jun 2017)

Tim Watts: I rise to speak in support of the bill before the House today, which has the primary function of changing the name of Children's eSafety Commissioner to eSafety Commissioner, to reflect its broader remit. The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Amendment Bill 2017 primarily broadens the general functions of the existing Children's eSafety Commissioner to cover the online safety of all...

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Matters of Public Importance: Budget (1 Jun 2017)

Tim Watts: Thanks to a Liberal Party focus group somewhere in the lead-up to the budget fairness is now the rhetorical terrain in which we engage in this chamber. But, because it is a Thursday afternoon, let's put aside the political rhetoric and talk about the reality outside this building for a minute. Inequality is the defining economic trend of our time. It is at a 75-year high in this country....

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