Private Members' Business: Vietnam: Human Rights (26 Nov 2018)

Tim Watts: Between 1975 and 1985, over 80,000 Vietnamese people came to Australia seeking asylum from persecution in their home country after the Vietnam War. Before coming to Australia, some were in jail and in re-education camps where they were starved and forced into labour merely because they had worked with the previous government. Fearful for their safety and hopeless for their future, especially...

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Statements by Members: Victorian State Election (25 Oct 2018)

Tim Watts: This week the Victorian Liberal Party became the first state political party to launch a campaign slogan that doubles as a direct attack on the federal branch of their own party. Every press conference held by the Victorian state Liberal Party is now accompanied by a banner brandishing the slogan, 'Get back in control'-awkward! The political party who promised stable government and then...

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Motions: National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (24 Oct 2018)

Tim Watts: I want to begin my contribution on the apology to the victims of institutional child abuse today by saying to all victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse that I am sorry. I'm sorry for the unimaginable hurt, pain and suffering that you went through and I'm sorry that you had to wait for so long for our nation to acknowledge your trauma. I am sorry that this apology came only...

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Statements by Members: Coalition Government (24 Oct 2018)

Tim Watts: Since coming to government, Prime Minister Morrison has tried to run the country like he ran Tourism Australia-with stunts, slogans and a healthy dose of incompetence. Now the bloke who couldn't sell Aussie beaches to British backpackers is trying to sell the Australian public on a rebrand of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government. The voters of Wentworth sent the...

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Private Members' Business: Economy (23 Oct 2018)

Tim Watts: We saw on the weekend an extraordinary advertisement for just how out of touch the Morrison government is with the Australian public. The biggest by-election swing against a government on record in the seat of a former Liberal Prime Minister no less shows how disconnected the coalition MPs in this building are from voters out in the community. Indeed, we see how out of touch they are in the...

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Statements by Members: Australian Values Study (18 Oct 2018)

Tim Watts: The Australian Values Study, released this week, found that one-third of Australians think it is good to 'have a strong leader who does not have to bother with parliament and elections'. Extraordinarily, over half of 30- to 34-year-olds also think this is a good thing. Now, on one level, I can sympathise. The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government has been terrible. Not only is it a running...

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