October 30, 2012
Dr STONE (Murray) (10:22): This report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Australia’s overseas representation: punching below our weight?, comes at a most opportune time, given that just this weekend the Prime Minister released the Australia in the Asian century white paper. Our report follows earlier inquiries which also identified chronic underfunding of our d...Click here for full story
October 30, 2012
Dr STONE (Murray) (16:18): We are here to debate a bill which amends the Water Act 2007, the Water Amendment (Long-term Average Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) Bill 2012. As I said a minute ago in my interjections, we are not here to discuss the very unfortunate statements made by the Prime Minister last Friday, not unexpectedly in South Australia. It was not very edifying to hear the Prim...Click here for full story
October 11, 2012
Dr. STONE: 19:44 Even the Prime Minister knew the carbon tax would cripple the Australian economy, and so she said loud and clear before the last election, 'There will be no carbon tax under any government that I lead.' That was resoundingly put out on the public airwaves. But the cost of the keys to the Lodge was a deal with the Greens, hence we had a carbon tax imposed on this ...Click here for full story
October 11, 2012
Dr. Stone: 13:59 Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I will not waste time congratulating you, because you know I think you will be magnificent. We have just had the modelling of 3,200 gigalitres of environmental flow added to what was the 2,750 gigalitres that have been considered by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
We have to wonder: why would there be modelling which takes no conside...Click here for full story
September 21, 2012
Dr STONE (Murray) (10:15): On indulgence, as deputy chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, I agree with our chair, the previous speaker, that the inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities was a most important inquiry. The Australian public has little understanding of the number, or the complexity, of Indigenous lang...Click here for full story
September 19, 2012
Dr STONE (Murray) (20:15): I too wish to speak on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Bill 2012 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2012. Like the other speakers in the coalition I am quite concerned about the potential impacts of this bill, if it goes through as currently written.
In Australia we depend on the not-...Click here for full story
August 23, 2012
Dr STONE (Murray) (19:19): We are an island continent and that has been very much to our advantage when it comes to quarantine issues. We have managed to have an amazing run. Perhaps it is good luck, but I would like to think that it is also good management. We have not had diseases like BSE, mad cow disease. Rabies is not rampant through the country but, of course, we are always under threat.
W...Click here for full story
August 22, 2012
Dr STONE (Murray) (16:17): I want to applaud the Attorney-General for her success in recently being able to implement a policy to put plain packaging on cigarettes. I do not think there are many thinking Australians who are not aware of the problems and costs of disease if you are a heavy smoker or, indeed, if you inhale secondary smoke. But there is another lawful drug which causes even greater h...Click here for full story
August 21, 2012
Dr STONE (Murray) (18:14): I too wish to speak on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-Like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012. We have been very serious about the antislavery bills in this House before, but this bill amends the Criminal Code Act offences covering forced labour and harbouring a victim, and it introduces two additional offences—they are forced marria...Click here for full story
August 15, 2012
Dr STONE (Murray) (21:30): The National Food Plan green paper recently put out by Labor pays very little attention to irrigated agriculture and Australia's 40,000 irrigators. These farmers make the major contribution to food production and food security in the country. I was disappointed in the green paper and this omission in particular but not surprised. After all,...Click here for full story