Affordable housing tax credits a positive, but much wider action still needed

Queensland Senator Andrew Bartlett has welcomed Housing Minister Tanya Plibersek’s commitment to proceed with tax credits to encourage affordable housing. "In amongst all the focus on inflation and interest rates, the affordable housing crisis has continued to worsen, for renters as much as home buyers," Senator Bartlett said. "The indication from Minister Plibersek that Labor…

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Practical follow on from apology – Stolen Generation Compensation Bill reintroduced into Senate

Democrats’ Indigenous Affairs spokesperson Senator Andrew Bartlett reintroduced his Stolen Generation Compensation Bill in the Senate today as a practical step to heal the hurt following yesterday’s historic apology to the Stolen Generation. This Bill was first introduced as an exposure draft in March 2007 and then formally in September 2007 following public comment and…

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BUSINESS – Rearrangement

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (5.23 p.m.)—I wanted to put briefly the Democrats’ perspective on this issue. I think, frankly, Senator Evans has got it about right. It is not an ideal process but it is an unusual arrangement, as I think has been said in another context. This apology is not about all of us getting…

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Welcome to Country an important step forward

Australian Democrats Indigenous Affairs’ spokesperson Andrew Bartlett says this morning’s Welcome to Country to open the new federal Parliament is an important step forward which is as significant in some ways as tomorrow’s apology to the Stolen Generations. "Enabling a welcome to country from the traditional owners is a significant action, and the new Labor…

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Cruelty evident in live export verdict

Queensland Senator Andrew Bartlett has called on the federal government to put a stop to the live export trade following the court verdict in the Western Australian Government’s animal cruelty case against Emanuel Exports Pty Ltd. "The government can no longer dodge its complicity in allowing verified cruelty," Senator Bartlett said. "The inhumane practice of…

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There should be no greater priority than Indigenous issues – pathetic Liberals let Labor off the hook

Queensland Senator Andrew Bartlett has labelled the Coalition’s hand-wringing about whether to support an apology to the Stolen Generations as ‘pathetic’, and warns the Liberals are letting Labor off the hook on the issue. "Labor has breached their own party platform by refusing to consider a compensation scheme for the many people affected by Stolen…

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Bartlett comment on final Queensland Senate count

Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett has formally congratulated Labor Senator elect Mark Furner on winning the Democrat Senate seat following the final distribution of preferences by the Australian Electoral Commission today. "This result marks the end of an era," Senator Bartlett said. "Queenslanders have had a Democrat representative in the Senate since 1981, and this…

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Labor should consider ALL recommendations from Bringing Them Home report

Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett says the new Labor government must consider all the unimplemented recommendations from the Bringing Them Home report. "Just saying ‘sorry’, while repeating John Howard’s failed mantras about ‘practical’ measures as an excuse for inaction will not make the sort of difference that is needed," Senator Bartlett said. "A proper system…

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