QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT STEALS STOLEN WAGES ALL OVER AGAIN

Queensland Senator Andrew Bartlett says the State Government is once again refusing to return money to Indigenous Queenslanders who rightly earned it. "The announcement today by the Queensland Government regarding Indigenous Stolen Wages compounds the injustice of the original inadequate offer made on this issue six years ago," Senator Bartlett said. "It has been established […]

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BARTLETT SUPPORTS EXPANSION AND FAST-TRACKING OF SKILLED MIGRATION – Humanitarian claims should also be streamlined

The federal Immigration Minister’s aims to fast-track skilled worker visas and consider helping with the wider labour shortage through Pacific Island workers should be supported, according to Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett. Senator Bartlett said the genuine need to ensure migrant workers are protected from exploitation should not be used as an excuse to put […]

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Stolen Generation Compensation Bill sent to Senate Committee

Queensland Senator Andrew Bartlett has successfully referred his Stolen Generation Compensation Bill 2008 for scrutiny by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee. The Bill seeks to implement a reparations process for victims of the Stolen Generation, based on recommendations from the decade old Bringing them Home report. "I strongly urge anyone interested in the issue […]

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Bartlett calls for Government Inquiry into wool industry bribe allegations

Queensland Senator Andrew Bartlett has called on the federal Labor government to set up a public inquiry into allegations of bribery and intimidation by Australian government and wool industry officials. Newspaper reports say many large clothing retailers in Sweden have banned Australian wool products; Sweden’s Minister for Agriculture Eskil Erlandsson has urged consumers to boycott […]

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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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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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