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Take Note of Answers - Hybrid Vehicles

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.36 p.m.)—I also rise to take note of Senator Evans’s answers on Toyota and the Australian automotive industry. This side of the chamber and, I think, media commentators have increasingly noted during the last six months that this government pursues spin over substance. ...

Take Note of Answers - Political Donations

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.10 p.m.)—I also want to take note of answers to questions to Senator Evans in relation to the Transport Workers Union and disclosure issues. When Prime Minister Rudd and his team were campaigning for office, they loudly declared that Labor would set and meet new and hig...

Take Note of Answers - Economy

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.28 p.m.)—For as long as I can remember, Labor has talked down the economy. In 1996 the then shadow Treasurer, Gareth Evans, condemned the then government’s savings measures—our efforts to balance the budget. He likened our efforts to taking a baseball bat to the economy...

Matter of Public Interest - Economy

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (1.21 pm)—If you watch good leaders, you will soon notice a common trait among them is their ability to stay positive and to motivate their teams. A motivated team in a positive frame of mind performs better because it expects to succeed and works to turn those expectation...

Take Note of Answers - Inflation

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.25 p.m.)—I rise to take note of answers by Senators Sherry and Wong on the subject of inflation. In relation to their answers today, I have to say: here we go again. We might be on a different side of the chamber, as those opposite have kindly pointed out, but some thin...

Take Note of Answers - Cost of Living

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.13 p.m.)—It is always very interesting when senators opposite talk about pressures on households. They only ever talk about one side of the household budget. They talk about the expenditures in a household—which do have to be taken into account. What you never hear the ...

2nd Reading - Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (6.24 p.m.)—I rise to speak on the Commonwealth Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007. The bill amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to allow the Australian Electoral Commission to use and disclose information for the purpose of conducti...

Adjournment - Iraq

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (7.02 p.m.)—Every day we are reminded of the enormous challenges facing the people of Iraq as sectarian militias and al-Qaeda terrorists continue to wage acts of senseless violence against the Iraqi people. Our television screens are inundated with coverage of events in Ba...

Take Note of Answers - Mersey Hospital

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.09 p.m.)—If you hang around politics long enough you really do see everything—the great centralising party of Gough Whitlam has become federalist. The Australian Labor Party has become the great champion of states’ rights. Labor is now arguing that the Commonwealth is t...

State Zionist Council Solidarity Rally

SPEECH TO “STATE ZIONIST COUNCIL SOLIDARITY RALLY” 1.00PM MONDAY, 25 JUNE 2007 MELBOURNE GPO Almost a year ago, I was honoured to stand here with you in support of Israel. At that time, Israel was under sustained and unprovoked attack by terrorists from Gaza and Lebanon. At that time, the heroic...

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