Dr Chris Back - Liberal Senator for Western Australia

Speeches

COMMITTEES, Environment and Communications References Committee, Report

May 11, 2017

I wish to contribute to this debate, having been an active member of this committee. Can I, firstly, place on record the appreciation of all the senators for the effort undertaken by the secretary and her staff in the way this matter has been dealt with. There is a bit of an unusual outcome, Mr President, in the sense that the report to the Senate ... ... Read more »

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BILLS - Competition and Consumer Legislation Amendment (Small Business Access to Justice) Bill 2017, Second Reading

May 11, 2017

Senator BACK (Western Australia) (11:17): Before addressing myself to the Competition and Consumer Legislation Amendment (Small Business Access to Justice) Bill 2017, I propose to spend some moments on the importance of the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017. Also, I foreshadow that I will be responding to what I beli... ... Read more »

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DOCUMENTS - Australian Livestock Export Corporation, Consideration

May 10, 2017

I rise to refute largely what Senator Rhiannon has said, simply because she does not know what she is talking about in this particular space. As is known in this chamber, I was a livestock veterinarian on vessels for some years in the 1980s. Contrasting with what Senator Rhiannon has told us, in fact the live weight of most animals actually increas... ... Read more »

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Budget

May 10, 2017

I am delighted to take this opportunity to comment on the federal government's activities in tackling cost-of-living challenges. Senator Siewert quite rightly identified the stress that is so evident now across so much of the community. So wouldn't it be amazing if the $15 billion a year that we are borrowing overseas just to pay the interest on an... ... Read more »

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DOCUMENTS - National Wind Farm Commissioner, Consideration

May 9, 2017

Firstly, Mr Acting Deputy President Leyonhjelm, I congratulate you on your initial turn in the chair in the role of Acting Deputy President. I am very delighted also, as Senator Urquhart has said, to rise to comment on the first annual report of the National Wind Farm Commissioner and to congratulate Mr Andrew Dyer on what I believe has been an exc... ... Read more »

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Education

May 9, 2017

One thing that Minister Birmingham could not do is undo the rotten $17 billion of waste of the Gillard memorial halls. But I tell you what he did do. He got rid of the 27 dirty little deals that Ms Gillard did with various education authorities around Australia. Madam Deputy President, our home state of Western Australia, as usual, was done over th... ... Read more »

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BILLS - Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, Second Reading

March 30, 2017

Je suis Charlie—I am Charlie. Those words, as we know, resonated around the world on and after 7 January 2015, when two brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi, burst into the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine based in Paris, and murdered 12 people and shot to injure 11 others simply because they were exercising their right to freedom ... ... Read more »

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BILLS - Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016, Second Reading

March 30, 2017

Senator BACK (Western Australia) (12:47): What is it that people do not get? What is it about people who have never been in or run or paid up for the management and the establishment and the conduct of a business? What is it they do not get? Investment equals jobs. Investment equals productivity. Investment equals production. It equals improved job... ... Read more »

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STATEMENTS BY SENATORS - Mining

March 29, 2017

I rise to reflect today on the value of the resources sector in this country historically, in the present day and going forward. Historically, we often forget the importance of the resources sector in each of our then colonies and now states, such as your own then colony of Victoria, Mr Acting Deputy President Marshall. There was an influx of peopl... ... Read more »

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BILLS - Social Services Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Student Payments) Bill 2017, Second Reading

March 27, 2017

I am delighted to stand to support the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Student Payments) Bill 2017, to associate myself with the comments of my colleague Senator McKenzie, to recognise those she has named in being instrumental over time—backbenchers and ministers—and also to acknowledge the work that she has done in h... ... Read more »

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