Full Name: Bill Shorten.
Title: Member of Parliament.
Electorate: Maribyrnong.
Political Party: Australian Labor Party
Entered House: 2007-11-24
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I rise to speak in favour of the amendments and to bring a couple of perspectives from my particular portfolio areas to the coronavirus challenge which Australia faces. But first of all going to the discussion about superannuation and accessing that I think this is a bad idea. I get that people are doing it hard. There are hardship provisions currently available under the law. But I think...
2020-03-03

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The saying goes that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I think it is better that we assume that those in the federal political class are not above reproach. We should acknowledge that we are human and some members of government and the Commonwealth service can and will occasionally wander from the high road. It was in January 2018 that I said at the National Press Club...
2020-03-02

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I second the motion. With the passing of John Cain we lost a great Victorian and a great Australian. I was privileged to attend his funeral in Melbourne last month with my wife Chloe. It was at St Paul's Cathedral in the heart of Melbourne. You could hear the trams ringing their bells outside and there was a full congregation who came to say farewell. It got me thinking what did Australians...
2020-03-02

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The trigger for the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Income Reporting and Other Measures) Bill 2020 is the digi-disaster called robodebt. It's not because hordes of welfare recipients have been ripping off the government. Instead the government has been punishing welfare recipients with its own illegal use of inaccurate data. This legislation is all about fixing...
2020-03-02

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I move That this House (1) notes that (a) on 20 January 2020 the final report from the review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 was handed down by Mr David Tune AO PSM; and (b) the report made 29 recommendations that have been endorsed by the disability sector including people with disability service providers and carers; and (2) calls on the Government to act on the...
2020-02-27

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Labor will support the bill because it's an attempt to try and make data collection more accurate and to make sure that Australians get the safety net entitlements that they deserve. But we've got to recognise that our vote for this is more a triumph of hope over experience. This is the government who when it introduced new technology gave us the My Health Record. That was a flop. We had...
2020-02-26

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My question is to the Prime Minister The government's social security law guide which was released on 10 February this year states Australian Government employees have a duty of care to the public when performing their duties. But government lawyers on 14 February this year stated in the robodebt class action that the policy is that the government does not owe Centrelink recipients a...
2020-02-26

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My question is to the Prime Minister. Government lawyers have told the Federal Court that the government does not owe Centrelink recipients a duty of care. Is this the government's position?
2020-02-26

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On direct relevance. My question was was a duty of care—
2020-02-13

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My question is to the Minister for Government Services. Minister how many Australians received debt notices issued under the government's illegal robodebt scheme how much money are they owed and when will they be repaid?
2020-02-12