Last year, we learned the shocking fact that we lost ten times more serving and ex-serving ADF members to suicide than in all overseas operations since 2001, with 2017 recording the most suicides. By all accounts, the problem is worsening. I’m aware that we lost at least four veterans over one week just before Christmas. […]Jan 23 2020
SPEECH TO THE ASIA-PACIFIC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM: ENHANCING PARLIAMENTARY ROLES IN RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE – PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA
Excellencies, colleagues, dear friends, the role of parliamentarians is to lead, so I want to speak about enhancing leadership in parliamentary response to climate change.
It’s my privilege today to speak on this topic of great consequence for the future not only of my sunburnt country, Australia, but all countries.
The devastating Australian bushfires, which continue to […]Jan 15 2020
In recent months, Australia’s veterans and their brave family members have been calling, ever more loudly, for a royal commission into veteran suicide.
The need for a royal commission is real. It is urgent. And it should be absolutely bipartisan, because this is not a political exercise. This is a national crisis. The veteran death toll […]Dec 16 2019
Yesterday Territorians interested in the opportunities for increased trade and engagement between the Northern Territory and India took part in India IdeasFest at the Darwin Innovation Hub.
India IdeasFest was the latest in the IdeasFest series, founded by the Member for Solomon Luke Gosling to connect entrepreneurs, businesses and the community in the spirit of innovation […]Nov 03 2019
It’s been a big couple of weeks for veterans’ affairs in Australia.
Last week, the Australian Veterans’ Recognition Bill passed both houses of Parliament, with bipartisan support, officially recognising the unique nature of military service and enshrining in law a new covenant, a perpetual promise, between Australia and its armed forces’ veterans.
And this week, we mark […]Nov 01 2019
Communities in Northern Australia are struggling, the economy is growing at its slowest pace in a decade, wages are stagnant, and there is no help from the Morrison Government.
Through Senate Estimates, Labor uncovered information that confirms many of the Morrison Government’s infrastructure projects won’t start for years.
Across Northern Australia, less than a third of infrastructure funding is […]Oct 31 2019
As activities and events take place over the next week in the Top End and across Australia for Veterans Health Week, the mental health and wellbeing of veterans will be a key focus, with this year’s theme: Mental Wellness.
While each veteran’s experience is unique, veterans are at a high risk of developing depression, anxiety, and […]Oct 27 2019
Building on its long history as a forward operating base, Darwin is ready to support our future submarine operations. Though it’s commonly seen as unsuitable as a home port for submarines, that doesn’t disqualify Darwin from playing a logistic support role to resupply and maintain the boats mid-patrol and rotate out their crew.
A 2016 report by the Defence Science […]Oct 24 2019
Last week, I joined the Leader of the Opposition in the Australian Parliament Anthony Albanese and shadow foreign minister Penny Wong on a visit to Jakarta to continue discussions with Indonesian colleagues and friends on the future of our bilateral relationship.
It was far from our first working visit. In 2012, then-Minister Albanese played a key […]Sep 02 2019
The message to Canberra from the Northern Territory is clear – Prime Minister Scott Morrison must stop neglecting the Top End.
That’s the message from First Nations communities and representatives of the tourism, agriculture, business and cattle industries from Darwin to Katherine.
The Government’s Northern Australia Agenda, led by Minister Matt Canavan, has been a failure.
People across […]Aug 29 2019