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Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery etc.)

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

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Speech on Murray Darling Basin August 14

August 15, 2012

  Murray-Darling Basin 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

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Federation Chamber Murray Darling Basin Speech

June 20, 2012

  Dr STONE  (Murray) (16:07): The Monash University's Centre of Policy Studies has just released a report that I have found so extraordinary that I have to make reference to it. The study claims that it is in fact a waste of money to invest in infrastructure upgrades which set about to save irrigation water, which can then be supplied to, for example, the environment to improve sustain...Click here for full story

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Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Amendments Bill

June 20, 2012

 Dr STONE (Murray) (13:35): Water use efficiency is a critical issue in Australia given the high variability of our seasons. We have a high per capita consumption and we have one of the highest levels of water storage per head of population anywhere in the world. We have needed that, and we need that storage capacity to continue into the future. We have tried to improve the efficiency of wate...Click here for full story

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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation

May 30, 2012

Dr STONE (Murray) (19:48): I too wish to speak on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development) Bill 2012. I applaud the notion of introducing an independent expert scientific committee. We should have had such a committee looking at coal seam gas and large coal mining developments qui...Click here for full story

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Workplace Gender Equality Act

May 30, 2012

Dr STONE (Murray) (13:11): This bill amends the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 and amends the name of the act to the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. It will provide for both men and women. Anthropologists have quite a simple test for gender equity in a population. They simply ask the women whether, in the next life, they would like to return as a male or a female. In Aus...Click here for full story

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Aged Care Reform Motion

May 22, 2012

Dr STONE (Murray) (19:46): I commend the member for Shortland for moving a motion that is related to the wellbeing of our aged in Australia. After all, they created this nation. They made many sacrifices, particularly those in their late eighties who went through the Second World War. I commend the motivation behind the aged care reform motion, but unfortunately I have to agree with the previous s...Click here for full story

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Speech on Strong Economy

May 22, 2012

Dr STONE (Murray) (11:46): I cannot believe that the Labor Party would willingly expose itself to commentary on the state of the economy by putting forward this motion. Everybody knows that it was the strength of the regulation of our banking system, and the $70 billion-plus in the bank which the Costello-Howard government managed to leave to this new government after it had paid down all of Labor...Click here for full story

Views: 1400

Appropriation Bill

May 22, 2012

Dr STONE (Murray) (18:18): I too will speak on the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2012-2013 and related bills. The elephant in the room on the night that the budget was announced was Labor's, or should I say the Greens', great new carbon tax. This is the tax which Julia Gillard promised would never be introduced on her watch. She knew the damage that it could do. The carbon tax became the price of the...Click here for full story

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Speech on Condolence Motion for Senator Judith Adams Wednesday 9 May 2012

May 10, 2012

  Dr STONE(Murray): I too would like to express my sincere appreciation of the life of Senator Judith Adams and her friendship. She was an extraordinary woman. Her life ended, I think, with her having fulfilled so much of her own enormous potential. I am sure her family sees that her life was a fulfilling life at the end of her time. None of us would want to see any woman or man suffer the w...Click here for full story

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