Senator Alan Eggleston

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14 May, 2013
I was recently asked on a Perth ABC radio program, Who are you, whether I had experienced much prejudice because of my height during my life. My height is just 52 inches. I have a cartilaginous condition called dyschondroplasia, which causes short stature. But I can say in all honesty that I have ra... more
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19 March, 2013
As Senator Macdonald says, I have spent a long time in the north. I went to live in Port Hedland in 1974, which is a while ago, so I do have some experience of the north and the issues that it faces. I must say that never before have the circumstances been so opportune as to warrant the serious prom... more
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18 March, 2013
Last week the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Conroy, announced legislation from the government which I think is no more than an attempt by this government to limit free speech. Freedom of speech is the most fundamental right in a democracy and it is one that ... more
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26 February, 2013
The coalition is committed to full and complete recognition of our Aboriginal people in our society. We do acknowledge that prior to white settlement—now more than 200 years ago—the land we now call Australia was inhabited by Indigenous people. It was thought that these people most likel... more
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28 November, 2012
Senator EGGLESTON (Western Australia) (16:29): I want to make a few additional remarks to those of senators of Bushby and Williams in regard to this report. The inquiry was essentially in two parts. The first examined the impact of the global financial crisis on the Australian banking sector, and in... more
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27 November, 2012
Australia is a big country with some big icons. We have the Great Barrier Reef, Ayres Rock and the Opera House, and some people say the national debt under Labor. But in Western Australia there is the mighty Ord River. Some 650 kilometres in length, with an average discharge of 3.8 million litres pe... more
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27 November, 2012
The purpose of the Clean Energy Amendment (International Emissions Trading and Other Measures) Bill 2012 is to provide for a link between the Australian carbon pricing mechanism and the European Union's emissions trading scheme and facilitate convergence between the two carbon prices by withdrawing ... more
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29 October, 2012
There is no doubt that the government anticipated huge revenues from the mining tax, and that their estimates of revenues which would come in varied enormously. For example, in July 2010 they estimated the tax would raise $10.5 billion over the first two years. Then came the 2010 MYEFO, when the rev... more
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18 September, 2012
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Declared Commercial Fishing Activities) Bill 2012 I am very concerned about the sovereign risk implications for Australia of the conditions put on this matter of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Decl... more
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12 September, 2012
Broadcasting Services Amendment (Anti-siphoning) Bill 2012 I rise to speak on the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Anti-siphoning) Bill 2012. This Bill amends the Broadcasting Services Act of 1992 and seeks to amend the anti-siphoning scheme which ensures that major sporting events are broadcast on... more
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11 September, 2012
Honouring Akos Kovacs
Tonight I wish to honour the memory of Akos Kovacs, who was the gym master at Christ Church Grammar School for over 50 years from the mid-1950s. He became a living legend of the school and around the Claremont area of Perth, where he was seen riding his iconic bicycle everywhere. Akos was a symbol o... more
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23 August, 2012
Health Insurance (Dental Services) Bill 2012 This is a very important debate, because many elderly people in this country do have really severe oral health problems, and unfortunately very often they are not able to have those problems fixed because they simply cannot afford the cost of dental tre... more
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22 June, 2012
The Social Security Amendment (Supporting Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas) Bill 2011 Terrorism is, sadly, no new phenomenon. A quick internet search suggests that, from the time of the assassins in the late 13th century, terror and barbarism were widely used in warfare and conflict. Howeve... more
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21 June, 2012
I have heard of this before from Senator Cameron, that we on this side of the Senate do not believe in climate change, and I have said several times before—and I have a speech in front of me from 11 August 2009 that says this—that I believe in climate change and that climate change is re... more
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19 June, 2012
eHealth
Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Bill 2011 Earlier this month I had the opportunity to travel to London for a Commonwealth Economic Forum and, as is obviously the case when leaving the country for foreign travel, the most important thing a person does is pass through immigration. I w... more
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