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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Club Bloggery declares Bartlett the winner!

ABC’ Club Bloggery heralds Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett as a winner for the effective use of internet technology to communicate with constituents. Senator Bartlett has maintained a blog for over three years. "It’s been an interesting and useful experiment, although whether it actually helps win votes is open to question," Senator Bartlett said. "Over…

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Your Senate vote is vital

Making his last plea for voters to take the time to consider their Senate vote, Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett said that "The Senate vote is crucial and the result will be tight." "The Senate campaign has been a sorely neglected aspect of the campaign but it’s just as important to the outcome on many…

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Zombie Apocalypse – the Dead are Still Walking

"The Democrats have been eulogised every six months since our birth," Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett said. "The media might keep damning our empty grave with faint praise, but there are plenty of high profile people who recognise the necessity of keeping us in parliament." "Today I have launched a YouTube video of testimonials from…

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Bartlett campaigns on Senate balance of power in Cairns

Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett campaigned in Cairns today, promoting the Queensland Democrats Balance of Power pack. "I’m visiting the region for the last time this election campaign to remind people about how important their Senate vote is," Senator Bartlett said. "The importance of the Senate election has been heavily overshadowed by the Howard versus…

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Greens’ WorkChoices policy unbalanced

Commenting on the launch of the Greens’ Workplace Charter, Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett today called for balance in the debate. "While WorkChoices is very bad law, we shouldn’t swing the system completely the other way," Senator Bartlett said. "This Saturday will be a WorkChoices election, and the Senate result will be just as crucial…

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Nationals’ attacks on the Greens reinforces the fact that the Democrats are the common sense option for the Senate

Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett says that attacks by the National Party on the extreme nature of some of the Greens’ policies reinforce the fact that the Democrats have a more common sense, effective record in the Senate balance of power. "Some of the misrepresentation by the Nationals, Family First and others on the Greens’…

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Democrats call for more positive promotion of migration and multiculturalism

Speaking at the Queensland multicultural summit today, Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett called for federal Labor and the Coaltion to give stronger support to multiculturalism and migration. "The fact that migration, including refugees, brings such big economic, social and cultural benefits to Australia is not promoted strongly or consistently enough by our leaders," Senator Bartlett said….

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Democrats support Disability Alliance call for action to increase funding for unmet needs

Democrat Deputy Leader Senator Andrew Bartlett has added his voice the Disability Alliance’s call to increase Commonwealth funding by 20 per cent to address ongoing unmet needs. "The six areas highlighted as requiring significant funding are areas the Democrats have been pushing for improvement in for years," Senator Bartlett said. "The Commonwealth State Territory Disability…

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THE FIRST 100 HOURS

Queensland Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett and Queensland President of the Young Australian Democrats, Vicki Stocks, launched the Democrats Youth Action Plan today amidst the throng of Schoolies revelers on the Gold Coast. Launching the Action Plan entitled ‘Vote for the Future’ in the middle of the Caville Avenue Mall, Ms Stocks speculated about the first…

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Democrats field Muslim candidate for Forde

Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett campaigned today with the Democrats’ candidate for Forde, Mr Maaz Syed. Mr Syed is one of five Muslim candidates contesting this election for the Democrats Mr Syed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, a Masters Degree in Software Development from Griffith University…

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Poll favours Democrats for Senate in Queensland

Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett says the latest Galaxy poll in Brisbane’s Sunday Mail newspaper confirms that he is still in with a strong chance of retaining his Senate seat. "This poll confirms what I’ve been saying for a long time, that the public strongly values the role the Democrats have played in the Senate,"…

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