Matters of Public Importance: Schools (17 Oct 2018)

Tim Watts: The Leader of the Opposition created a problem for me recently. As many people in my community know, people ask me, 'Why did you into politics? What do you want to achieve in your political career?' or 'If you were PM for a day, what would you do?' I used to tell them I'd do universal access for three-year-old kinder. There's a lot of nonsense in this building, particularly in recent times,...

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Statements on Indulgence: West Gate Bridge (16 Oct 2018)

Tim Watts: The collapse of the West Gate Bridge is an event etched in the psyche of Melbourne's west and of the people who live in my electorate, where this accident occurred. At 11.50 am on 15 October 1970, a 114-millimetre gap between spans 10 and 11 of the West Gate Bridge gave way, and 2,000 tonnes of steel and concrete fell over 50 metres into the Yarra below. On that day, 35 West Gate Bridge...

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Statements by Members: Immigration Detention (15 Oct 2018)

Tim Watts: It is my sad obligation today to recognise in this chamber the recent statement from Medecins Sans Frontieres about refugees and asylum seekers in Australian-funded facilities on Nauru. Upon being forced to leave the country by the government of Nauru, MSF described the situation of the men, women and children that it had been previously providing mental services to as 'beyond desperate' and...

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Statements by Members: Gellibrand Electorate: Indian Community (20 Sep 2018)

Tim Watts: The Australian way is to stand beside a mate in need, and we all know that Australian farmers and their families are doing it tough at the moment, struggling to pay the bills and buy feed in the face of a horror drought with no end in sight. Jasvinder Sidhu, a community activist in the Australian Indian community in Melbourne's west in my electorate, saw this suffering and wanted to act. Many...

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Committees: Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Committee; Report (18 Sep 2018)

Tim Watts: I also welcome the timely publication of the Building up & moving out, the report of the inquiry by the House Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities into the Australian government's role in the development of cities. I also want to acknowledge the contributions from the members for Grayndler, Bruce and Scullin and their much deeper expertise in these issues than mine...

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Bills: My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018; Second Reading (18 Sep 2018)

Tim Watts: Data governance and security is now one of the most talked about issues in our society. Most Australians are now used to receiving emails from companies or organisations informing them that their private information has been exposed in a data breach. Have I Been Pwned, a website maintained by Australian Troy Hunt, a Microsoft security expert, has logged nearly 5½ billion pwned user...

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