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Wyatt Promises Indigenous Recognition Referendum Within Three Years

The Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, has announced that the Morrison government will hold a referendum within three years to entrench Indigenous Recognition in the constitution.

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Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, speaks at the National Press Club

Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra today, Wyatt stressed that the government would only proceed if it was certain that a referendum would succeed. “It will take time, it will need to be measured,” he said.

“We need to design the right model to progress to a point at which the majority of Australians, the majority of states and territories and indigenous Australians support the model so that it is successful.”

Wyatt said he would work across the political spectrum to develop the model. He said the ALP’s Indigenous spokeswoman, Linda Burney, would be “integral” to the process.

The minister said he was committed to bringing an indigenous voice to parliament, but that this may not be part of the constitutional reform. [Read more…]


Bridget Archer (Lib-Bass) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech to the House of Representatives by Bridget Archer, the Liberal member for the Tasmanian electorate of Bass.

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Bass is located in north-eastern Tasmania. It is centred on Launceston and includes Dorset, George Town, West Tamar and Flinders Island.

Archer secured 42.33% of the primary vote, an increase of 3.14%. She won 50.41% of the two-party-preferred vote, a swing of 5.83%. She defeated the one-term ALP member Ross Hart. Bass has now changed parties at five of the last six elections.

Archer, 44, was previously the Mayor of George Town Council.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Bridget Archer, Liberal member for Bass.

Mrs ARCHER (Bass) (09:56): I second the motion.

The SPEAKER: I remind the House that this is the honourable member’s first speech, and I ask the House to extend to her the usual courtesies.

Mrs ARCHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank the Prime Minister for the privilege of participating in the address-in-reply here today, and I commend the member for Herbert on his very moving first speech. I also acknowledge that the very first duty of our new Governor-General was the opening of this 46th Parliament of Australia. I wish General and Mrs Hurley the very best as they embark on their official duties. I also congratulate you, Mr Speaker, on your re-election to the chair. The commentary from both sides of this chamber reflects the high regard in which you are held. [Read more…]


Phillip Thompson (LNP-Herbert) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by Phillip Thompson, the Liberal National Party member for the Queensland electorate of Herbert.

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It was the first maiden speech of the 46th Parliament.

Thompson, 31, won Herbert at the May 18, 2019 federal election. The seat is based around Townsville, Hinchinbrook and Palm Island.

Thompson won 37.11% of the primary vote, an increase of 1.61%. He secured 58.36% of the two-party-preferred vote, an increase of 8.38%. He defeated the one-term ALP member Cathy O’Toole, who won the seat by 37 votes in 2016. Ahead of the election, it was the most marginal seat in the nation.

Thompson is a former infantry soldier who served and was seriously wounded in Afghanistan. He competed in the Invictus Games in London, in 2014. In 2018, he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the welfare of veterans.

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Phillip Thompson, LNP member for Herbert.

GOVERNOR-GENERAL’S SPEECH

Mr Thompson, for the committee elected to prepare an address-in-reply to the speech of His Excellency the Governor-General, presented the proposed address, which was read by the Clerk. The proposed address read as follows: [Read more…]


Morrison, Albanese And Hurley Speak Following G-G Swearing-In

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese have spoken at ceremonies following the swearing in of the new Governor-General, David Hurley.

All three men spoke of the role and value of the Governor-General’s position.

Hurley was sworn in at a Senate ceremony at 10.30am today. His first constitutional duty will take place tomorrow when he opens the 46th Parliament.

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David Hurley Sworn In As 27th Governor-General Of Australia

Retired General David Hurley has been sworn in as Australia’s 27th Governor-General.

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David Hurley takes the oath of office as Governor-General

The ceremony to install Hurley in place of Sir Peter Cosgrove took place in the Senate chamber at Parliament House.

Hurley, 65, was the 38th Governor of New South Wales from 2014 to 2019.

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Where We Live – Scott Morrison’s Asialink Address On Foreign Policy

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has delivered a major speech on foreign policy, emphasising the important of the rule-based trading system and free trade.

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Morrison emphasised Australia’s willingness to engage in the Indo-Pacific region. He stressed the importance of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), whilst maintaining the relevance of the Australia, New Zealand, United States (ANZUS) alliance.

Morrison warned of “gathering clouds in the global economy”. He said a worsening trading relationship between China and the United States “is not inevitable”.

“We embrace free trade, global engagement and an international system where we agree rules, stick to them and honour our commitments,” Morrison said.

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Transcript of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s “Where We Live” Address to Asialink-Bloomberg.

PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON: Thank you to Asialink and Bloomberg for the opportunity to address you here today prior to my attending the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Osaka this weekend.

Today I want to talk about our plan to foster an open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific, consistent with our national interests.

I would like to set out the principles, consistent with our national values, that will guide my Government’s engagement with the Indo-Pacific region. [Read more…]


Scott Morrison Announces Third Term Coalition Ministry

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his new ministry, following the coalition’s re-election on May 18.

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The major positions in the government are unchanged, with Josh Frydenberg remaining Treasurer and Mathias Cormann holding Finance. Marise Payne stays as Foreign Minister, whilst Linda Reynolds retains Defence. Peter Dutton remains Minister for Home Affairs, Greg Hunt stays in Health, Simon Birmingham in Trade and Dan Tehan in Education.

Melissa Price has been dropped from the Cabinet after a poor performance in Environment. She will now be Minister for Defence Industry. Sussan Ley returns to the Cabinet in the Environment portfolio.

Senator Arthur Sinodinos has been appointed Ambassador to the United States. He will take up the position when Joe Hockey’s term expires early next year. Sinodinos’ departure from the Senate may allow the Liberal Party to re-appoint Senator Jim Molan, who lost his seat at the election.

Senator Mitch Fifield will leave the Communications portfolio and will be replaced by Paul Fletcher. Fifield will also leave the Senate to take up the post of Ambassador to the United Nations. His Senate casual vacancy could go to Sarah Henderson, who lost her seat of Corangamite at the election. [Read more…]