Dr Chris Back - Liberal Senator for Western Australia



July 20, 2017

What a fine testament to the Catholic education system we see here in this chamber now: Senator Collins; Senator Farrell; our leader, Senator Brandis; my good self; and I do not know whether Senator Watt or Senator McAllister or Senator Smith—in that true spirit of openness I too have to declare that I started my schooling in 1955 with the Pr... ... Read more »

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July 20, 2017

Mr President, I think I might need protection from some of my colleagues on both sides of the chamber. Can I say how amazed and humbled I have been at the gestures of goodwill that have been extended to Linda and me. I am starting to worry, in fact, if it might not be an encouragement for me to go. It is just incredible the number of invitations... ... Read more »

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Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017

June 22, 2017

I join with Senator Leyonhjelm in many of his comments regarding the fact that throwing money at education does not improve educational outcomes. I suppose Senator Leyonhjelm and I both went to veterinary schools, where there was not an enormous amount of expenditure of capital—and look where we are today, for the evidence of it! I would be v... ... Read more »

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Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017, Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017

June 22, 2017

Thank you, Acting Deputy President Bernardi. The chamber will be delighted to learn that I am not attempting to emulate Dame Nellie in terms of her beautiful soprano voice! But I want to associate myself with the comments that have been made by everyone in this debate this evening on the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill... ... Read more »

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Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

June 21, 2017

The fact that Senator Watt spent a third of his time attacking Senator Macdonald is simply an indication that he knew very well he had nothing to say. This whole situation has been based around rumour and innuendo. Before Senator Dastyari goes, I have always thought innuendo was an Italian suppository, and that is where this richly deserves to be. ... ... Read more »

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Live Animal Exports

June 21, 2017

There will be some people breathing a sigh of relief that this could be the last time that I address the question of the live export trade, but I just scratch my head in wonder at the sensibility of some people in the other place. There are a couple of them—including the member for Kennedy and the North Queensland cattle industry—who ar... ... Read more »

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Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017

June 21, 2017

I am very, very keen to contribute to this debate. Can I start out by saying that my interest is in the education of children across the nation. In 2011 I instigated, with the authority of the Senate, a select committee inquiry into teaching and learning in Australia. On that committee, of course, was Senator Marshall, Senator Penny Wright and Sena... ... Read more »

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Banking and Financial Services Commission of Inquiry Bill 2017

June 15, 2017

I open my comments with a reflection to all colleagues, following the statement that was just made by Senator Hinch, that there needs to be mutual respect across this chamber, all for each other. We can come in here with spirited and different views, but the simple fact of the matter is that, when mutual respect for colleagues is lost, this Senate,... ... Read more »

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Health Care

June 13, 2017

In April this year, on a self-funded tour, I had the occasion to visit Cuba. Amongst meetings I had with the Vice President and the minister associated with mines and energy and foreign affairs, I had the privilege of meeting the Director of the Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Dr Manuel Perez-Castaneda. This evening I wish to pres... ... Read more »

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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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