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Sen. Susan McDonald (Nats-Qld) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech by Senator Susan McDonald (Nationals-Queensland).

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Hansard transcript of maiden speech by Senator Susan McDonald (Nationals-Queensland).

The PRESIDENT (16:59): Pursuant to order, we’ll now move to first speeches. I call upon Senator McDonald to make her first speech and ask honourable senators that the usual courtesies be extended to her.

Senator MCDONALD (Queensland) (16:59): It is with much pride that I stand before you to make my first speech in the Senate. It is an incredible privilege to be elected by Queenslanders to be their voice in the Australian parliament in the Senate, the house that makes the ultimate determination on the passage of legislation. I take my seat in this chamber not because of any quota and not because of any faction. I do not believe in identity politics, because that leaves behind people who do not share that same identity. [Read more…]


Sen. Matthew Canavan (Nats-Qld) – Maiden Speech

Senator Matthew Canavan has delivered his maiden speech to the Senate.

Canavan

Canavan, a Nationals senator from Queensland, was elected at the 2013 federal election. His term began on July 1 and will expire on June 30, 2020. [Read more…]


Sen. James McGrath (Lib-Qld) – Maiden Speech

Senator James McGrath has delivered his first speech to the Senate.

McGrath

McGrath, a Liberal senator from Queensland, was elected at the 2013 federal election. His term began on July 1 and will end on June 30, 2020.

Prior to his election, McGrath worked as a political strategist and campaign director in Queensland. [Read more…]


Valedictory Speech: Senator Ron Boswell (Nats-Qld)

Senator Ron Boswell has given his valedictory speech, bringing to an end a 31-year political career for the Father of the Senate.

Boswell

Boswell was first elected to the Senate as a Nationals member from Queensland at the federal election of March 5, 1983, the election that brought the Hawke government to power. He was re-elected in 1987, 1990, 1996, 2001 and 2007. [Read more…]


Queensland To Introduce Voter ID Law, Increase Funding Threshold, Allow Unlimited Donations

Requiring electors to produce identification when they vote is part of a package of electoral reforms to be introduced by the Queensland government.

Voters will be required to produce a driver licence, passport, utility bill, Medicare card or similiar identification when they turn up to vote.

The government is also proposing to increase the primary vote threshold for public funding from 4% to 10%, a measure that will severely affect the level of funding provided to minor parties, including the Greens and the Palmer United Party.

The government is proposing to publish how-to-vote cards on the Electoral Commission’s website during elections.

The most controversial measure proposes to abolish caps on political donations and expenditure. The government plans to bring donation disclosure regulations in line with federal laws.

Media statement from Jarrod Bleijie, Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.

Voting revolution for Queensland

Voting will be revolutionised at the next state election under electoral reforms introduced in Parliament today. [Read more…]


Queenslanders Embracing Optional Preferential Voting

Queensland and New South Wales are the only States to employ the Optional Preferential System of voting.

Optional Preferential, unlike the compulsory preferential system used in other States and in the House of Representatives, allows voters to cast as many or as few preferences as they wish.

For example, a voter may simply place the number “1” next to a candidate and leave all other squares blank. This will count as a formal vote. Of course, if preferences are needed to find a winner, this vote will be exhausted and the voter will have missed the opportunity to influence the result. [Read more…]


Peter Beattie’s Ministerial Statement On US Terrorist Attacks

This is the text of a Ministerial Statement on Terrorism by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie.

The statement was delivered to a meeting of the Queensland Legislative Assembly this morning.

Ministerial Statement to the Legislative Assembly by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie.

BeattieToday we woke to news of a terrible tragedy.

The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington stunned the world and left us numb with disbelief.

There are indications that Australians may be among the victims of these criminal acts. This is a time for prayer and hope for those anxiously waiting news of loved ones.

On behalf of this Parliament and all Queenslanders I extend our condolences to the families of all who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. [Read more…]