The debt agreement system is an important part of Australia's consumer finance framework. For many debtors, a debt agreement is the final option to avoid bankruptcy.
The debt agreement system gives those in financial difficulty an opportunity to protect their family home and take control of their finances.
Unfortunately, debt agreements can also be used as a tool to keep people in financial stress, trapped in unsustainable debt repayments
As I said last night, I think you probably pay moreexcise on one smoke now than I paid for that one packet that I bought when I was a lot younger.
I was making some remarks around initiatives that have been put in place over a period of time around tobacco and tobacco campaigns and, in particular, responding to a comment made by Senator O'Neill that there weren't any current campaigns running.
Let's not be shy about this. Senator Whish-Wilson's motion is just about stopping fishing. That's all it's about.
He's not interested in good fisheries management. He misrepresents terribly. He is not interested in good fisheries
management. He quotes a piece of alleged science—I think is probably better to say—which is based on people
going snorkelling in inshore waters and trying to correlate that to the impacts on our Commonwealth waters
outside three kilometres. This is not science. This observational science that he talks of, that he quotes in support
of his argument, is not science.
The government, over our two and a bit terms of parliament, have been focused on delivering economic returns for the Australian people, and we've been successful.
I too would like to associate myself with remarks celebrating the 75th anniversary of the election of Dame Enid Lyons to the House of Representatives. There has been a lot spoken about the way that Dame Enid conducted herself, the separation that she suffered from her husband, Joe, and the difficulties that she faced as a woman at that particular point in time. I think the first speech that we heard here this evening indicates how far we've come from the time when Dame Enid made such a spectacular entry into the Australian parliament.
I rise to make my contribution to the Treasury Laws Amendment
(Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2) Bill 2017. We bring this piece of legislation forward because we believe that
Australia, as a nation, needs a competitive tax regime for all business.
I rise to make my contribution to the Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015.
I acknowledge the contributions made by others in this debate,regardless of their perspective. I understand fully that there are very strongly held views on this matter.
Senator Singh talks about being out of touch, but her presentation on
taking note, just then, demonstrates just how out of touch Labor really is. In fact, the topic that she chose to take
note on, the question from Senator Chisholm, shows how low the Labor Party has sunk in the politics of envy and
how far out of touch they genuinely are about what's happening in their communities, that they would go down
Labor may claim to have all
the plans that they like, but of course they're not in government, so they actually can't deliver anything. They're
not in government. They might aspire to that, if they understand what that 'aspiration' might mean. But they're
not in government, so they can't deliver. They can make all the promises they like. In fact, in my home seat,
where I live, in Braddon, they're making a whole range of promises at the moment, but they have to win two
elections in Braddon before they can deliver on any of those promises.
I too rise to make a contribution in recognition of the life of my
immediate predecessor in my first incarnation in this place in 2002, the Hon. Jocelyn Newman, AO. Jocelyn was
part of a family that enjoys a very special place in Tasmanian and national politics, particularly the Liberal Party
The Labor Party are starting to sound increasingly desperate in their arguments around this matter. I have to say the shrill presentation that we just heard from Senator Cameron is sounding desperate, and there is nobody on this side who will be lectured to by the Labor Party on economic management. I think Senator Abetz was right to note that the only economic manager that the Labor Party were prepared to quote in their questions in question time today was former Treasurer Peter Costello. They can't find one of their own to quote. Perhaps they have an obsession with Treasurers from this side of the House - I'm not sure - but they could not find anybody else to quote.
I rise today to make a contribution in support of the manuka honey
industry in Australia, particularly in my home state of Tasmania. Canberrans are used to pronouncing manuka
differently than we do back home in Tasmania. The name manuka goes back a long way in my home state of
You'd almost think that the Labor Party don't really want to debate the
motion that they've just moved before the Senate. To be frank, given some of the activities of the last 24 hours
and some of the briefings that are coming out from the Labor Party, I have to say I am starting to feel the ghosts of
Labor past return from the Rudd-Gillard years, where 'policy turmoil' and 'policy implementation turmoil' were
basically the buzzwords of how the Labor Party operated.
I rise to speak to this motion not necessarily because I support it but because I think it deserves to be debated. It is an issue of concern for someone who spent 25 years working in the construction industry and who has seen the results of this at a practical level, as Senator Georgiou has expressed he has himself. In fact, we're probably rare beasts, alongside Senator Marshall, who was an electrician—is an electrician? I'm not sure whether he still has his licence.
Labor talk about fairness, and you hear them talk about fairness a lot. Senator Ketter also talked about
what Labor's policy wouldn't do, including that it wouldn't take the pension and wouldn't take dividends. But
what Labor's policy is doing is taking away pensioners' and self-funded retirees' and part-pensioners' income.