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Recreational Fishing for Mako and Porbeagle Sharks

(6.02 pm)—We are talking about the government’s amendments to the EPBC Act contained in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Recreational Fishing for Mako and Porbeagle Sharks) Bill 2010, which allow recreational fishers to continue hunting shortfin and long-fin mako sharks and the porbeagle shark, despite these being listed as migratory species.

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Social Security Amendment Bill 2010

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (1.10 pm)—The Greens will be supporting the Social Security Amendment (Flexible Participation Requirements for Principal Carers) Bill 2010 because it shows that the government is taking a more compassionate approach to foster carers and to the people who will benefit from these amendments, while winding back slightly the punitive Welfare to Work approach of the former government. I will continue to say this until it is fixed: this amendment does not go far enough in dealing with the issue of principal carers.

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International Whaling Commission

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (5.32 pm)—It is interesting to read the minister’s statement that I understand he tabled yesterday in the House of Representatives. He is essentially trying to reassure Australia that the government and the minister are not asleep at the wheel on whaling and, ‘It’s okay; we’ve now made up our minds about what we are going to be doing.’

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Forced Adoption

Rachel Siewert 15 Jun 2010

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (3.59 pm)—I move: That the Senate—

(a) recognises the grief, pain and anguish suffered by thousands of mothers who were vic-tims of the forced adoption policies implemented by state governments for decades; and

(b) acknowledges:
(i)     this pain and grief is on-going, and
(ii)    these mothers deserve an apology for the pain and anguish they have suffered and continue to suffer.

Question negatived.

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Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2010 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2010

Rachel Siewert 15 Jun 2010

 Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (1.18 pm)—Let me start by saying that the Australian Greens welcome this legislation—the Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2010 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2010. It is a key recommendation of the Preventative Health Taskforce and has been endorsed by bodies such as Cancer Council Australia, the Australian Medical Association, the Australian Nursing Federation, the Heart Foundation and the International Union Against Cancer.

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Health Practitioner Regulation

Rachel Siewert 13 May 2010

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (12.50 pm)—I rise to speak on the Health Practitioner Regulation (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2010. The Australian Greens understand that reaching this agreement on a national system for the registration and accreditation of the 10 health professions that are currently included has been a long and complicated process. We believe that reducing bureaucracy and making cost savings are very good for our health system where that is practical and where it produces good outcomes. We also support the concept of national registration.

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