Speeches

Robodebt and the Morrison Government

June 11, 2020

We now know that this scheme caused terrible harm to hundreds of thousands of Australians like Shannon, and that, in too many cases, a debt notice preceded a suicide or suicide attempt. I have personally spoken to individuals and family members about the serious impact the robodebt process had on their mental health. We learnt in the Senate hearings this week that 2,030 people died after receiving a robodebt notification.

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Headspace and COVID-19

June 10, 2020

The motion is seconded. You can't talk about headspace and its role without considering the impact of COVID-19 on young people. I speak for an electorate where we already had high levels of anxiety which are disproportionate to the average levels in Western Sydney. We have young people already in pain, and that was before bushfires. Now we have COVID.

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National Skills Commissioner Bill 2020 Second Reading Speech

June 10, 2020

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The Arts Sector after COVID-19

June 10, 2020

Artists, performers and musicians, as well as lighting and camera operators, costume makers and promoters in the electorate of Macquarie are all asking: Why does the Morrison government hate the arts and entertainment sector so much?

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Early Childhood Changes

June 10, 2020

The early childhood sector has learnt via the media, yet again, that things are going to change.

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Childcare and COVID-19

May 14, 2020

Another profession carrying a big burden is the early learning profession. Workers in the full range of child care and early learning environments, from family day carers to preschools and long day care centres, have faced an unprecedented situation, where their clients are receiving free child care

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