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Adjournment - Secondary Education

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (7.20 p.m.)—Labor have always held up year 12 retention rates as something to be proud of and as an indicator, in themselves, of the health of our school system. Last week, Labor ‘middle-bencher’ Craig Emerson advocated going further. He advocated that completion of second...

Adjournment - Music Education

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (7.25 p.m.)—I add my own best wishes as well. When Australians think of the basics of a good education, the first things they think of are literacy and numeracy—English and Maths. The next things they think of are history, geography, science, art and music. We are all well...

Matters of Public Interest - Mr Bruce Smith

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (12.45 p.m.)—The term ‘freedom fighter’ conjures up images of flag-waving revolutionaries marching through the streets, or perhaps brightly coloured and costumed superheroes, the stuff of comic books and cartoons. We almost certainly do not picture a well-groomed, neatly d...

Take Note of Answers - Telstra

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.06 p.m.)—This is a rather strange debate. I well recall moving around Australia 20 or 30 years ago; the constant refrain wherever you were in the suburbs or the towns in the days of the PMG and Telecom, and even in the days of Telstra, was: ‘If only private enterprise’—...

The Israel Has the Right to Live In Peace Rally

SPEECH TO “THE ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN PEACE RALLY” 1.00PM MONDAY, 17 JULY 2006 MELBOURNE GPO Today is a rally for democracy. Today is a rally for freedom. Today is a rally for the rule of law. We gather today to show our support for the State of Israel and its citizens. We are gathered...

Adjournment - Israel

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (7.02 p.m.)—I was interested to see an advertisement in the 16 August edition of the Melbourne Weekly Bayside. The advertisement attacked a number of parliamentarians. The advertisement is headed ‘Israeli Terror’ and it reads: Helen Shardey MP (Liberal, Caulfield) and fed...

Take Note of Answers - Interest Rates

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.20 p.m.)—What we are witnessing today is a very brave Australian Labor Party—so brave that they are prepared to talk about interest rates 18 months out from an election. Did we hear the Australian Labor Party talking about interest rates during the last election campaig...

2nd Reading - Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Repeal of Ministerial Responsibility for Approval of RU48

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (9.22 p.m.)—In many respects, the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Repeal of Ministerial responsibility for approval of RU486) Bill 2005 has become a proxy battle for a debate for which the Australian public and few parliamentarians have an appetite—the rights or wrongs of abo...

2nd Reading - Higher Education Support Amendment (Abolition of Compulsory Up-Front Student Union Fee

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (4.30 p.m.)—The incorporated speech read as follows— On three occasions the Coalition has introduced legislation to end the practice of universities charging fees for compulsory membership of student unions, guilds and associations. It was defeated in 1999. It was defeate...

Take Note of Answers - Voluntary Student Unionism

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria) (3.07 p.m.)—On three occasions this parliament has had legislation introduced to give effect to freedom of choice and freedom of association, to end the practice whereby universities, student unions, student guilds or student associations can compel someone to join an orga...

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