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Take Note of Answers - Budget 2007/08

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.06 p.m.)—I thought the performance of the member for Lilley last night on the 7.30 Report was dismal. But I have seen a performance which even outdoes the member for Lilley. The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate said that this budget does not fix the problems but h...

Matters of Urgency - Housing Affordability

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (4.57 p.m.)—I agree with Senator Marshall that this debate should look at how to improve housing affordability, but I also think it is possible to make this issue more complex than it need be. What this debate requires is a look at the factors that influence a person’s abi...

Matters of Public Importance - Workplace Relations

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (4.35 p.m.)—Today’s matter of public importance is nothing if not predictable. A year ago the Labor tactics committee put in their parliamentary diary to up the rhetoric to mark the first anniversary of Work Choices. Labor knew it would be difficult to sustain their campai...

Take Note of Answers - Access Card

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.09 p.m.)—I have to say I am a little disappointed by the approach of senators opposite. As a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration which inquired into the access card, I was quite struck by the bipartisan and cross-party willingnes...

2nd Reading - Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility In Achieving Australia's Skills Needs) Bill

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (9.31 a.m.)—Before time ran out last night, I was lamenting the fact that a succession of Labor state governments around Australia had abolished the old technical colleges in the 1980s. This reflected the educational fad of the time that everyone should complete year 12 an...

2nd Reading - Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility In Achieving Australia's Skills Needs) Bill

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (6.43 p.m.)—I rise to speak on the Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia’s Skills Needs) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2006. This amendment is necessary given the overwhelming success of the program, with 20 of the 25 colleges signing funding agreement...

Matters of Urgency - Asylum Seekers

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (4.45 p.m.)—You would not know it from the contributions from those opposite, but Australia actually has a very proud reputation for and a proud history of accepting refugees from around the world. We are among the most generous and compassionate nations on earth. In 2005-...

Adjournment - Australian Labor Party

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (7.08 pm)— Australians can be fairly indifferent to politics at times. Indeed, we have a fairly healthy culture of scepticism about authority and our political leaders. But Australians certainly do appreciate having good local members to represent them—someone who is one o...

Matters of Public Interest - Water

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (12.45 p.m.)—Many of us in this chamber have developed a relatively new policy focus and interest of late. I speak of water resource policy. I say ‘a relatively new interest’ not as a criticism of anyone on either side of the chamber but for the simple reason that water ha...

2nd Reading - Medibank Private Sale Bill 2006

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (1.03 p.m.)—I rise to contribute to the debate on the Medibank Private Sale Bill 2006. This bill will implement the government’s policy in relation to the sale of Medibank Private. It will establish a framework to give the government the flexibility it needs to sell Mediba...

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