Second Reading speech – VETERANS’ ENTITLEMENTS AMENDMENT (DISABILITY, WAR WIDOW AND WAR WIDOWER PENSIONS) BILL 2007

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (10.09 p.m.)—I am afraid that I do not have a speech to incorporate, so I will have to use the old-fashioned verbal communication technique. The Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment (Disability, War Widow and War Widower Pensions) Bill 2007 has appeared extremely rapidly, even by this government’s standards. I think it appeared only today…

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ADJOURNMENT – Television Captioning

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (7.27 p.m.)—The government, through the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, announced this week that it will be establishing an inquiry to investigate developments in captioning for the deaf and hearing impaired. That is something that the Democrats welcome very strongly. My colleague Senator Stott Despoja, in…

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COMMITTEES – Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Report – Indigenous Stolen Wages

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (7.03 p.m.)—I repeat for the benefit of the Senate and the government that the Unfinished business: Indigenous stolen wages report was tabled in December of last year. It contained six unanimous recommendations backed by Labor, Liberal, Democrat and Green senators. The federal government has yet to respond. That is unsatisfactory. The Senate…

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COMMITTEES – ECITA – National Parks, Conservation Reserves, Marine Protected areas

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (6.54 p.m.)—This report by the Senate Standing Committee on the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts is entitled Conserving Australia: Australia’s national parks, conservation reserves and marine protected areas. The inquiry was initiated while I was still chair of the committee, when it was the references committee. It was chaired by…

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COMMITTEES – Australian Crime Commission – Government Response – trafficking of women for sexual servitude

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (3.59 p.m.)—I seek leave to take note of the government response to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Crime Commission supplementary report to the report entitled Inquiry into the trafficking of women for sexual servitude. Leave granted. Continue Senator BARTLETT—I move: That the Senate take note of the document. Again, I…

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Second Reading – COMMONWEALTH ELECTORAL AMENDMENT (DEMOCRATIC PLEBISCITES) BILL 2007

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (11.05 a.m.)—The Democrats support the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007. As the very name of our party indicates, democracy is our core business and legislation that increases the prospect of direct democracy for the people is something that we support. That has been a longstanding and, indeed, founding principle of…

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ADJOURNMENT – Veterans’ Entitlements Speech

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (7.33 p.m.)—I would like to start tonight by congratulating both the government and the Labor Party on their recent announcements— Interjection Senator Scullion interjecting— Continue Senator BARTLETT—Don’t look too shocked, Senator Scullion; obviously, they are pre-election announcements—to increase the level of support for many veterans and war widows in Australia. The announcement,…

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