It is a great honour to serve the people of Queensland as one of our state's 12 Senators in the Australian Senate, and the people of Australia as the Shadow Minister International Development and the Pacific.
This website is designed to keep you informed and up-to-date about my work in the Senate and the community. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any feedback or require assistance.
I have been receiving many emails which have raised concerns about the Turnbull Government's proposal for the Commonwealth Marine Reserves.
I have spoken with Tony Burke, Labor's Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water, and he has provided me with information on Labor's policy for the oceans and marine reserves which does not support the Government's proposal.
The Government's plans to cut marine parks are currently in the Senate.
Labor moved to disallow them but the disallowance votes were defeated 34-28.
Labor has moved another disallowance of the Government's plans. We expect this to be voted on in August. We still have a chance to block the process if the cross bench joins us.
Read more here or sign Labor's petition: Protect Our Oceans!
The Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals)
The Sustainable Development Goals ("Global Goals") succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but form a more comprehensive, modern and ambitious agenda that responds to the many challenges faced by the world today and into the future. In addition to building on the MDGs, the Global Goals include important new goals on economic growth, infrastructure, peace and effective governance, and oceans.
There are 169 targets within the 17 Global Goals and each goal has a set of indicators to help measure progress. Countries will have the opportunity to deliver Voluntary National Reviews, showcasing progress towards the Global Goals - at home and abroad - when Heads of State and Government and senior Ministers gather at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) each year.
Check out the Australian Government's commitment here!
ENDING CASH REFUNDS FOR EXCESS IMPUTATION CREDITS
Labor's reforms to excess dividend imputation credits will crack down on a tax loophole that gives tax refunds to people who don't pay income tax, while protecting pensioners and paying for better schools and hospitals.
Today, Labor is introducing a new Pensioner Guarantee - protecting pensioners from changes to excess dividend imputation credits.
Read more here.