Senator Alan Eggleston

Speeches


Speeches

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26 June, 2014
Senator EGGLESTON (Western Australia) (17:23): The subject of this debate is that the government budget is an affront to the Australian sense of fairness. What a nonsensical proposition that is, if ever there was one! This government, the Abbott government, is committed to fairness and equity for al... more
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18 June, 2014
It is hard to believe that it is 18 years since I entered the Senate. The time has passed so quickly because the journey has been so interesting. While I had been a member of the Liberal Party since my days at UWA, where I was president of the university Liberal Club and supported Liberal Party phil... more
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16 June, 2014
I would like to talk about the recent budget which we on our side of the chamber think promotes fairness and opportunity. Fairness and opportunity are great Australian values which we all in general terms support. Governments, like families, need the money to be able to provide these things and to p... more
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16 June, 2014
I present the interim report of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia, together with the Hansard record of proceedings and documents presented to the committee.  Ordered that the report be printed.  Senator EGGLESTON: by leave—I move:  That the Senate take no... more
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25 March, 2014
In 2012 the Senate Economics References Committee conducted an inquiry into the post-GFC banking sector in Australia. That inquiry heard a substantial amount of evidence from mum and dad investors across Australia who had become confused by Bankwest calling in their loans and putting them into recei... more
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24 March, 2014
There is no doubt that financial relationships between the states and the Commonwealth government have changed radically since the federal Constitution was written and the Commonwealth was established. Clearly, the problems which now exist need to be reviewed. In the original Constitution, it was th... more
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20 March, 2014
I was very interested to hear Senator Ludlam's speech in this place last sitting week regarding the forthcoming Western Australian Senate by-election on 5 April. While I understand that Senator Ludlam's tenure as a representative of Australia's largest state may well be drawing to a close and he may... more
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18 March, 2014
Almost two years ago to the day, I stood in this chamber and likened the mining tax to a piñata: no matter where you stood, it was pretty easy to take a swipe at it. But, while piñatas are fun, the mining tax has been nothing but disadvantage to Australians, who were led down the g... more
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17 March, 2014
Can I just make some very brief remarks? I am not a Queenslander, I am a Western Australian, but I found that I had common views with Warwick Parer in various areas when I first came here. He was someone who assisted me and who explained Senate procedures to me. He was an individual who I greatly re... more
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03 March, 2014
Last week was a big week for Australia's two main airlines: Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia. In this country where remoteness and isolation go hand in hand, air travel is rightly viewed by many as less of a luxury and more a necessity of life. As Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, pointed out in his speech... more
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05 December, 2013
I won't talk too much about the history of Australia's involvement in Afghanistan as my main purpose tonight is to talk about the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee's report into the effectiveness of our aid program in that country. Australia became involved in Afghanistan on the... more
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02 December, 2013
One of the most visionary aspects of the coalition's policies of the recent federal election was our comprehensive policy for the North as mentioned in the Governor-General's speech at the opening of parliament. We in the coalition believe there is clear scope in northern Australia for an integrated... more
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07 October, 2013
As stated in the Liberal Party’s 2030 Vision for Developing Northern Australia, Karratha could become an international gateway for trade and investment by establishing the region as a key urban zone in the North. In order to achieve this, I believe we must work now to: 1.Have a key foc... more
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19 June, 2013
I wish to speak in support of the no case for the referendum for recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution. Senator Milne has just talked about a rump in the Liberal Party which opposes the constitutional recognition of local government. Last year at the federal council of the L... more
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18 June, 2013
I rise tonight to record the relevance to the parliament of a recently published book about a tragic air crash that changed the course of Australian political history. The book is Air Disaster Canberra: the plane crash that destroyed a government by Andrew Tink. The crash of a Hudson aircraft as... more
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