Transcript: Jenny McAllister on the Government's Corporate Tax Plan, DFAT Paris Junket and Census Shutdown

Day four of the estimates week. Yesterday we were treated to the unedifying spectacle of the Finance Minister preventing the Treasury Secretary from answering basic questions about the Government’s economic policy.

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Transcript: Jenny McAllister on Senate Estimates and Damian Mantach

We saw some extraordinary moments yesterday and I wanted to canvass a couple of those. The first of course was the Government claiming that it was unable to release the names of the Victorian MPs and Senators caught up in the Damian Mantach affair that of course saw an official of the Victorian Liberal Party defraud significant amounts of money from the Department of Finance and from state government departments.

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Address to the Australian Education Union on Women's Economic security

I wanted to start by thanking you all for the important work you do as delegates. I hardly need to say that the work you do as educators is important. But that work depends on the extra work you have all taken on to safeguard the working conditions of yourselves and your colleagues. 

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Speech in Parliament on ARENA and Climate Change

I would like to focus my remarks this evening on measures in this bill that relate to ARENA. But, before I move specifically to that, I want to talk more generally about the challenge of climate change briefly.

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Speech in Parliament on the NSW Government’s Trains Procurement

Earlier this year the New South Wales Liberal government faced a choice. It needed to purchase new trains, a contract that would be worth billions of dollars and hundreds of jobs. The Baird government had the option in that process to choose a consortium that promised to manufacture the cars in a new facility in the Illawarra—

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Speech in Parliament on Lockout Laws

The lockout laws in New South Wales were put in place in 2014. They have three elements: 1.30 am lockouts; a 3 am cessation of liquor sales; and a 10 pm cap on takeaway of alcohol. Today the New South Wales government has actually released publicly former High Court Justice Ian Callinan's independent review of those liquor laws. 

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Speech in Parliament on Electoral Donations Reform

I take the opportunity this evening to continue my remarks earlier today in the MPI debate about the need for electoral donation reform. I think it is important to go through some of the details of the various policy needs and responses that we might consider in this policy area. 

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Speech in Parliament on the Proposed Marriage Plebiscite

You have to wonder why we are here still having this conversation about a plebiscite on marriage equality when a majority of Australians support marriage equality, as has been demonstrated many times in much polling, but, more importantly, when a majority of parliamentarians here and in the other place also support marriage equality. 

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Opinion Editorial: Compromise Lubricates Major Parties' Machines

Some commentators have been quick to champion the high vote for minor parties in this year’s election as inherently good for our politics. For them, minor parties offer a more wholesome, farmers market democracy than the supermarket democracy of the major parties.

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Media Release: Labor puts Pauline Hanson and One Nation Last

Labor has confirmed that it will be putting One Nation last in every seat and every state this election. Labor has not made any preference deals with One Nation, and will put them last on every how to vote. Labor Senator Jenny McAllister said she was proud to put racism last.

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