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Native Title Amendment Bill 2012

March 20, 2013

Dr STONE(Murray) by leave—I wish to make comment on the Native Title Amendment Bill 2012 and, in particular, the House of Representatives coalition members' minority report on the bill. We could not support the recommendations of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs that this bill be passed. The bill proposes what would in effect be subst...Click here for full story

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GRIEVANCE DEBATE - Goulburn-Murray Water Authority

March 18, 2013

Dr STONE (Murray): I wish to talk about a very significant grievance I have in relation to what is occurring in northern Victoria in my electorate of Murray. One of the most often repeated and strongly stated messages from across the Murray-Darling Basin has been the irrigators' plea to stop the water buybacks. Numerous evaluations of the impact of the buybacks have noted the stranded assets, lost...Click here for full story

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Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

March 18, 2013

Dr STONE (Murray): The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 is of critical importance if we are to remain at least somewhat competitive in this era, when the value of the dollar makes it so difficult to export and when we have, as an impost on our agricultural industry, the carbon tax, inflexible labour relations and a whole raft of other government-imposed policy ...Click here for full story

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DELEGATION REPORT: Parliamentary Delegation to the Kingdom of Morocco and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

March 18, 2013

I wish to give a report on the parliamentary delegation to the Kingdom of Morocco and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. This parliamentary delegation, following the first ever visits to Morocco and Algeria by an Australian foreign minister, was highly successful. During his June 2012 visit, Foreign Minister Carr signed MOUs with both Morocco and Algeria committing to further regular pol...Click here for full story

Views: 1928

Statement on Indulgence – Natural Disasters

March 12, 2013

Dr STONE (Murray) : On indulgence, I also would like to make a statement on Australian natural disasters. We have always been the land of drought and flooding rains. If you have lived in Australia for more than a holiday you will understand this. Add fires, cyclones and the very occasional earthquake, and we do have more than our fair share of natural disasters in this country. Fortunately, in the...Click here for full story

Views: 1908

Adjournment Debate – Tuesday 12 March 2013

March 12, 2013

Dr STONE (Murray)Goulburn-Murray Water is a state owned water authority which manages the huge irrigation system of northern Victoria, a system which covers much of my own electorate of Murray. The area generates billions of dollars worth of manufactured and fresh food every year. The authority has been responsible for managing the storage and delivery of water through over 6,000 kilometres of dis...Click here for full story

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Australian Education Bill

March 4, 2013

  Dr STONE (Murray) (19:50) Tuesday 12 Feb: I rise to support the Australian Education Bill—along with the coalition, of course. But as with most things that Labor puts into this House it could have been much better. We only have a fraction of the information we need to be satisfied that we are going to have a more successful education system in the future—one that is competitive and will gi...Click here for full story

Views: 1674

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012

February 7, 2013

Dr STONE (Murray) (11:07): I am so pleased that this bill is coming before parliament in my time in this place, because I have spent most of my working life trying to redress some of the terrible discriminatory legislation and the day-to-day difficulties of Indigenous people. My interest comes in part from the fact that I grew up on my family's farm, which had been in the family for five generatio...Click here for full story

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International Fund for Agricultural Development Amendment Bill 2012

February 6, 2013

Dr STONE (Murray) (13:04): The debate on the International Fund for Agricultural Development Amendment Bill 2012 should be straightforward. It should be one of those no-brainers where we will gladly agree yes, let us put some of our aid funding back into the agricultural development fund. Most caring Australians would hope to see faith in the performance of the fund restored to the point where we ...Click here for full story

Views: 1393

Murray Darling Basin Plan Disallowance Motion

November 29, 2012

  16:56 I am very pleased and proud to second the motion to disallow the law that is the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. I rise to speak on behalf of the people of Murray, the electorate of Murray, which I represent. As the name implies, this is an area in northern Victoria with a boundary of the great Murray River. It is not in our nature in Murray to simply look the other way when governme...Click here for full story

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