Bartlett's Blog

Andrew Bartlett has been active in politics for over 20 years, including as a Queensland Senator from 1997-2008. This blog started in 2004 and reflects his own views, independent of any political party or organisation.


Speech Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (10.02 a.m.)—by leave—I move the motion as amended: That the Senate: (a) notes the damaging long-term effects to Australian society caused by the sexual assault and abuse of children and young people; (b) recognises the importance of following up expressions of concern with genuine action to assist survivors of sexual assault and to bring perpetrators to justice; (c) notes: (i) recent concerns expressed about an alleged pack rape of a 14-year old girl in ...



Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (3.40 p.m.)—I move: That the Senate— (a) notes that: (i) the week beginning 2 September 2007 was National Child Protection Week, and (ii) there have been repeated, fundamental major failures by a number of child welfare agencies to protect children from serious abuse and neglect; (b) urges the Government to prioritise the encouragement of states and territories to develop uniform laws and strategies on child protection; and (c) expresses support for child protection to be ...


Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (9.37 a.m.)—At the request of Senator Allison, I move: That the Senate— (a) notes that California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico and British Columbia, as part of North America’s Western Climate Initiative, have: (i) agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 15 per cent by 2020, and (ii) committed to designing an emissions cap and trade scheme by August 2008; (b) congratulates the leaders of these states and this province for taking action ...


Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (9.36 a.m.)—I move: That the Senate— (a) acknowledges the World Heritage significance of the Tarkine wilderness in the north-west of Tasmania; (b) notes that a nomination for the Tarkine to be listed on Australia’s National Heritage list was submitted in 2004; (c) notes the Government has: (i) placed the Tarkine National Heritage nomination on the Australian Heritage Council’s 2007-08 priority assessment ...


Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (3.37 p.m.)—At the request of Senator Allison, I move: That the Senate— (a) notes the figures released by the Climate Institute, which show that: (i) from June 2004 to February 2007, greenhouse pollution from the energy sector in Australia increased by more than 22.5 million tonnes, despite high petrol prices and the switch in some power generation from coal to gas due to water shortages, (ii) 22.5 million tonnes of greenhouse ...

Food Labelling

That the Senate— (a) notes the report by Voiceless, the fund for animals, From Label to Liable: Scams, Scandals and Secrecy—Lifting the veil on animal-derived food product labelling in Australia which reports that: (i) most jurisdictions in Australia do not require animal-derived food products to identify the farm production system from which they have been sourced, (ii) the majority of Australia’s animal-derived food products such as pork, chicken and eggs are sourced from factory ...


Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (10.13 a.m.)—I move: That the Senate— (a) notes that: (i) 9 August 2007 is International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, (ii) it marks a day that we honour and pay respect to Australia’s First Peoples as well as Indigenous peoples across the world for their traditions and knowledge, as well as to the valuable contribution they have made to the cultures of the world and to environmental conservation, and (iii) it is ...

Indigenous Stolen Wages

I give notice that on the 14th of June, I shall move that the Senate: A: Notes that a report from the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee into the issue of Indigenous Stolen Wages was tabled in the Senate on 7 December, 2006; B: Notes that the report contained six unanimous recommendations, which were as follows: 1: that the Commonwealth Government and state governments facilitate unhindered access to their archives ...


Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (10.02 a.m.)—I, and also on behalf of Senator Siewert, move the motion as amended: That the Senate— (a) notes that: (i) 27 May 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the referendum giving the Federal Government the right to make specific laws in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to count them in the census, and (ii) the referendum was passed with an unprecedented level of support from more ...

Duck Hunting

I move: That the Senate— (a)recalls its resolution of 25 March 1998 calling on all state and territory governments to ban the practice of recreational duck hunting; (b)notes that: (i)since that time, the Australian Capital Territory has joined New South Wales and Western Australia in having banned the practice, and (ii)the Queensland Government has now introduced legislation to ban recreational duck and quail hunting in that state; (c)congratulates the Queensland Government on its action; ...


I, and on behalf of Senator Lundy and Senator Nettle, move: That the Senate— (a) notes: (i) that 19 October 2006 is the fifth anniversary of the sinking of the boat known as the SIEV X, which was bound for Australia and sank with the loss of 353 lives, including 146 children, (ii) that a ceremony was held on 15 October 2006 at Weston Park, Yarralumla, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in ...


I move: That the Senate— (a) congratulates: (i) the Cairns-based WuChopperen Health Services for winning the 2006 Indigenous Governance Award for an organisation established longer than 10 years, and (ii) the Wagga Wagga-based Gannambarra Enterprises for winning the 2006 Indigenous Governance Award for an organisation established fewer than 10 years; and (b) acknowledges the work of Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton in hosting the Indigenous Governance Awards and recognises the achievements of all the eight finalists ...

Indigenous Affairs

I move: That the Senate— (a) notes that: (i) Australia was occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who had settled on the continent for many thousands of years before British colonisation, and (ii) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders suffered major dispossession and dispersal upon acquisition of their traditional lands by the colonisers; (b) urges the Government to affirm: (i) the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage, and (ii) the entitlement of Aboriginal and Torres ...

Motion: Acknowledging Foster Care Week

I move that the Senate - (a) notes that: (i) 10 September to 16 September 2006 is Foster Care Week in New South Wales, (ii) foster carers need access to training particularly to assist them to work with the growing number of children with special needs coming into their care, (iii) approximately 80 per cent of the children coming into care have significant emotional and social issues and ...

Make Reducing the Levels of Child Abuse an Urgent National Priority

MOTION: I Move that, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency: In the light of the repeated failures by our society to protect children from serious abuse and neglect, the need for all political parties to make child protection a national priority and for all government to urgently determine ways to significantly reduce the totally unacceptable levels of serious child abuse and neglect that ...


Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (10.17 a.m.)—I move: That the Senate— (a) notes that: (i) alarming rates of deforestation are occurring in south east Asia and the Pacific region through illegal and unsustainable logging practices, (ii) unsustainable management of natural resources will have long-term negative economic, environmental and social consequences for countries in which illegal logging is occurring, (iii) illegal logging and associated trade in timber products contributes to corruption, money laundering, organised crime ...

Child Protection Week

I move: That the Senate: (a) notes that: (i) the week beginning 3 September 2006 is Child Protection Week, and (ii) there have been repeated, fundamental major failures by those agencies charged with protection of children from serious abuse and neglect; (b) urges the Federal Government to prioritise the encouragement of states and territories to develop uniform laws and strategies on child protection; and (c) expresses support for child ...


Mini Posts

  • Rhetoric vs reality

    I’ve had a break from writing for a variety of reasons, but the reckless approach the new Queensland government is taking to their spending decisions – and the straightout nonsensicality of some of their claims – roused me enough to pen a piece for New Matilda. Time will tell whether the Newman government will start trying to ensure their statements have some connection with reality – I suggest the way they respond next year to the findings of the inquiry into child safety which they’ve established will be a significant test.

  • End of LP the end of a blogging era

    Back in October, I wrote here about the decline or re-defining of blogs, at least in the Australian political arena.  The relatively few posts I’ve done on this blog since then shows how much less useful I find it to do my own blog than I used to, and as I mentioned back then, a big reason why I don’t read many of the blogs I used to is because the valuable links to many interesting stories, ideas and pieces of information can be found more easily through Twitter or Facebook, sometimes with comment threads which are also at least as good. The recent announcement by the Larvatus Prodeo blog that they are ceasing to operate is quite a significant one.

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  • A final comment on Labor's leadership laments

    Fundamentally, I don’t greatly care about the outcome of Labor’s leadership travails. As my previous post indicates, the bigger issue is that the ALP is being fundamentally damaged by the toxicity of this brawl, and the fact that the brawl is happening in this way is a sign of some much greater problems within Labor. Whatever the immediate outcome, I think those problems are likely to continue.  The outcome of the leadership contest (including the size of what will surely be a Gillard victory) will shape how those problems play out, but they will still be there. Not surprisingly, I see this as presenting an opportunity for the Greens to build some support, but more importantly it presets extra responsibility and obligation for the Greens to be a stronger counter to what is a seriously reactionary Coalition. But seeing we’re all pundits now, and despite having little inside knowledge, my prediction is that there will be no ‘third candidate’ in tomorrow’s leadership ballot.  Julia Gillard will win comfortably. The instability will not disappear. It’s quite possible there will be another leadership ballot before the election but Kevin Rudd will not become leader then either. No matter how good Kevin Rudd looks in the polls, that polling lead would disappear very quickly if he was back in the PM’s job.

  • A long time between hits

    In amongst all the politics and policy stuff, I try to make time to do some things that are completely disconnected from that*.  One thing I’ve found myself doing recently is doing a bit of practicing with a band, which has led to me doing a live performance for the first time in a long time.  Readers of this blog with a very long memory for minor matters may recall that I played keyboards in a couple of mini-performances with a band as part of promoting the Rock Against Howard compilation CD prior to the 2004 election.  However, drumming is what I’m better at – although I’m still a long way short of being able to say I’m good at it – which is what I am doing in the band I’m currently doing stuff with.  They’re doing their first full live Brisbane show tonight – which I think will be the first time since 1988 I’ve played drums in a live show.  It’s all nice and low-key, and for peoples’ enjoyment rather with an eye to making money out of it, so will make a nice change. *Actually, I don’t think anything is completely disconnected from politics. By coincidence, today also happens to be National SLAM Day – Save Live Australian Music.  As their website shows,

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  • The Ups & Downs of Ups & Downs - interview with Greg Atkinson

    I’ve mentioned before my liking for the 80s Brisbane band Ups and Downs. I got a chance to interview their lead singer Greg Atkinson on 4ZzZ FM a few weeks ago. They’ve released a compilation CD of 20 of their best tunes and played a gig in Brisbane earlier this month to promote and celebrate it. It was a fairly long interview, but I found it very interesting to hear the views of someone who has been active in the independent sphere of the music industry for so long about what has changed and what is the same. You can listen to the interview at this link.

  • Speeches to refugee rally + SIEV-X exhibition

    A local activist helpfully recorded speeches given by myself and by Julian Burnside at a refugee rights rally held in Brisbane last Saturday.  You can listen to them here and here. The rally was held to mark the tenth anniversary of the sinking of the SIEV-X.  353 refugees drowned when that refugee boat sank on the way to Australia on 19 October 2001.  There is a beautiful exhibition at The Studio on the ground level at the State Library of Qld this week, commemorating that anniversary. It finishes this weekend – I strongly recommend you try to get along for a look if you have a chance. The Library also has a screening of the documentary Hope on Friday October 28 – this film tell the story of Amal Basry, one of the few survivors of that tragedy.

  • Stuff from my 4ZZZ shift this week

    Every Monday morning I do a shift on radio 4ZzZ FM102.1 – Brisbane’s longest serving community radio station (36 years old this year). And almost every week I talk with social media expert and lawyer Peter Black about some current political and other issues. You can listen to our talk this week by clicking on this link (it goes for over 30 minutes and has the occasional sweary word, so probably best just for dedicated fans). You can see the songlist I played this week – as usual featuring a sizable number of local artists – at this link, which in most cases also contains further links to other videos, information or photos of the artists.