Speeches

Statements by Members: Migration, National Basketball Association (14 Feb 2019)


Tim Watts: I rise today to claim victory on the occasion of Australian Ben Simmons' selection in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game that is being held this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Last year I used the outrageous exclusion of Ben Simmons from the 2018 NBA All-Star Game as an opportunity to draw attention to the golden generation of Australians currently playing in the NBA and the way that these...

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Adjournment: al-Araibi, Mr Hakeem, Asylum Seekers (12 Feb 2019)


Tim Watts: Last night we heard the fantastic news that the Bahrain government's extradition proceedings against footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, a refugee and resident of Australia who has spent the last two months in a Thai jail under threat of refoulement, were being dropped. Hakeem returned to a hero's welcome at Melbourne Airport today, and he was reunited with his wife this afternoon. The public...

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Statements by Members: Beagley, Archdeacon William 'Bill' Alan (12 Feb 2019)


Tim Watts: I rise today to recognise and celebrate the life of the venerable William 'Bill' Beagley. Bill contained multitudes. He was so full of life and he made the lives of those around him fuller. He was an iconoclast: a motorcycle-riding, rock-music-playing priest with long flowing hair and a great beard. He was a friend and a valued ethical guide to me, someone I was always happy to see and proud...

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Bills: Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018; Seco...


Tim Watts: The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 before the House today is one with the most serious of stakes and it is a bill that the Morrison government has abjectly failed to treat with the gravity that it deserves. It involves policy decisions with the gravest of consequences. It concerns the tools available for our law enforcement and security...

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Questions without Notice: Energy (4 Dec 2018)


Tim Watts: You said the NEG would take prices down. You goose!

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Questions without Notice: National Security (3 Dec 2018)


Tim Watts: You did nothing for 18 months.

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