Speeches

Bills: Governor-General Amendment (Salary) Bill 2019; Second Reading (20 Feb 2019)


Tim Watts: The bill before the House, the Governor-General Amendment (Salary) Bill, goes to what seems to be a narrow administrative question, but it belies a much bigger question-a question about what it means to be Australian. The Governor-General Act was introduced by the Whitlam government to set the Governor-General's salary, and the Whitlam government believed that the Governor-General's...

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Bills: Governor-General Amendment (Salary) Bill 2019; Second Reading (20 Feb 2019)


Tim Watts: Thank you, Deputy Speaker. Over time we've slowly learnt how egalitarianism, the fair go and mateship should apply beyond the Anglo-Celtic men who championed these values for each other from the 1860s onwards to include women and people of colour who have also embraced these values and helped build the nation we enjoy today. As historian Clare Wright has recorded, 'Australian women helped...

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Bills: Governor-General Amendment (Salary) Bill 2019; Second Reading (20 Feb 2019)


Tim Watts: Give us some Isaac Isaacs!

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Constituency Statements: Vietnamese Cultural Centre and Museum (19 Feb 2019)


Tim Watts: Australia is home to nearly 300,000 Vietnamese Australians, and each one of them has a unique Australian story-stories of sacrifice to give their children a better shot at life than they had, long hours and hard work to grow small businesses and educate the next generation of doctors, lawyers, teachers, leaders and entrepreneurs. I am proud that, under a Labor Shorten government, each...

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Private Members' Business: India (18 Feb 2019)


Tim Watts: Scholar Robin Jeffrey once wrote: If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, Australia's path to Asia is a jungle track paved with reports. More than a dozen major reports over the past 50 years have called for a greater engagement with Asia. Peter Varghese's An India Economic Strategy to 2035 is the latest, but I must say it is an outstanding one. Each report has edged us closer,...

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Delegation Reports: Australian Parliamentary Delegation to Kenya and Ethiopia, 3 to 9 June 2018 (...


Tim Watts: by leave-I will join with the member for Mallee in thanking those who made this delegation possible, particularly the committee secretariat, who travelled with us on this delegation, and also particularly the High Commission staff in Kenya, led by Alison Chartres. We know they have endured a difficult time recently with the recent terrorist attacks in Kenya that occurred very near to...

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