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Closing the Gap - Rachel's Speech


Before I commence, I too would like to acknowledge the Ngunawal and the Ngambri people—the traditional owners of the land on which we meet—pay my respects to elders past, present and future and acknowledge that this was and always will be Aboriginal land.

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International Day of People with Disability

The Senate has supported a joint motion moved by Senator Siewert on the International Day of People with Disability.

Motion Text:

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia-Australian Greens Whip): I, and also on behalf of Senators Moore and Fifield, move:

That the Senate-

(a) acknowledges that 3 December is International Day of People with Disability;

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Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2012

Senator PAYNE

In speaking to the Social Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 and the package of legislation known more colloquially as the Stronger Futures legislation, it does concern me somewhat that in looking at the legislation before the chamber, it does not show any particularly new or insightful leadership or any fresh views with regard to the matters considered in the bills. Just putting adjectives like 'stronger' and nouns like 'futures' in front of existing policy does not actually make it stronger—or new, for that matter.

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Rachel's Ag-Vet Chemicals Speech

The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill has just passed the Senate and is a significant win for the environment, because it will ensure that many of the chemicals that were grandfathered into the scheme without re-testing will finally be re-registered against today's scientific standards.

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