Senator Louise Pratt - First Week Back

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It’s been eight weeks since the election.

I have joined Bill Shorten and the Labor team spending time listening to Western Australians about what matters to them – and it’s still Medicare, jobs, schools and standing up to the big banks.

It was an honour to return to Parliament last week and be sworn in alongside my fellow Labor Senators from Western Australia. The week saw inspiring first speeches from Senator Pat Dodson, who started his speech in his local Yawuru language, and Tim Hammond.

Linda Burney, the first Indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives gave a moving first speech to Parliament.

As always, Labor is leading the way in the representation of women in Parliament.

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Labor is being constructive in national debates, offering up savings measures for the Government to consider, but instead they are focusing on destroying Medicare, cutting hospitals and schools, and a 50 billion dollar tax give away to multinationals and the big banks. Unlike the Coalition, we won’t compromise on our principles.

Malcolm Turnbull has had a disastrous start to the Parliament. He has spent the whole time making excuses for his Government's stuff ups while the Coalition remains hopelessly disorganised and divided. The events of last week show they don’t have the stable parliamentary majority they claim.

Marriage Equality

Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek have given notice to the Parliament that we intend to introduce a private member's bill to make marriage equality a reality - without an expensive and divisive plebiscite. I wrote an opinion piece for the West Australian last week on why a plebiscite will hurt the LGBTI community.

Indigenous children – safe in culture & community

In Canberra, I met with SNAICC, the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children, to talk about their Family Matters campaign and their concern about how the Government’s new childcare package will leave vulnerable families behind. SNAICC’s objective is to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are able to grow up safe and cared for in family, culture and community.

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Attack on racial hatred protections

It is extraordinary that all bar one Coalition backbenchers in the Senate are defying the Prime Minister and are supporting Senator Cory Bernadi in watering down protections against hate speech. This is a direct repudiation of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership and he is too weak to stop them. I spoke about this issue after a parliamentary question from Senator Dodson in parliament this week.

What is a real Aussie?

You may have seen Peter Drew’s street art around Perth. His work has invoked community debate about what it means to be a ‘real’ Australian. Peter visited Parliament house with his artwork of Monga Khan, who was one of thousands of people who applied for exemptions to the White Australia Policy.

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It’s great to be back at work making a difference on important issues in our Parliament.

I look forward to providing you further updates.

Louise_Pat_SwearingInSMALL.jpg

It’s been eight weeks since the election.

I have joined Bill Shorten and the Labor team spending time listening to Western Australians about what matters to them – and it’s still Medicare, jobs, schools and standing up to the big banks.

It was an honour to return to Parliament last week and be sworn in alongside my fellow Labor Senators from Western Australia. The week saw inspiring first speeches from Senator Pat Dodson, who started his speech in his local Yawuru language, and Tim Hammond.

Linda Burney, the first Indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives gave a moving first speech to Parliament.

As always, Labor is leading the way in the representation of women in Parliament.

Womenof45ParlSMALL.jpg

Labor is being constructive in national debates, offering up savings measures for the Government to consider, but instead they are focusing on destroying Medicare, cutting hospitals and schools, and a 50 billion dollar tax give away to multinationals and the big banks. Unlike the Coalition, we won’t compromise on our principles.

Malcolm Turnbull has had a disastrous start to the Parliament. He has spent the whole time making excuses for his Government's stuff ups while the Coalition remains hopelessly disorganised and divided. The events of last week show they don’t have the stable parliamentary majority they claim.

Marriage Equality

Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek have given notice to the Parliament that we intend to introduce a private member's bill to make marriage equality a reality - without an expensive and divisive plebiscite. I wrote an opinion piece for the West Australian last week on why a plebiscite will hurt the LGBTI community.

Indigenous children – safe in culture & community

In Canberra, I met with SNAICC, the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children, to talk about their Family Matters campaign and their concern about how the Government’s new childcare package will leave vulnerable families behind. SNAICC’s objective is to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are able to grow up safe and cared for in family, culture and community.

20160901_SNAICCSMALL.jpg

Attack on racial hatred protections

It is extraordinary that all bar one Coalition backbenchers in the Senate are defying the Prime Minister and are supporting Senator Cory Bernadi in watering down protections against hate speech. This is a direct repudiation of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership and he is too weak to stop them. I spoke about this issue after a parliamentary question from Senator Dodson in parliament this week.

What is a real Aussie?

You may have seen Peter Drew’s street art around Perth. His work has invoked community debate about what it means to be a ‘real’ Australian. Peter visited Parliament house with his artwork of Monga Khan, who was one of thousands of people who applied for exemptions to the White Australia Policy.

20160901_PeterDrew_MongKhan_CROPPEDSMALL.jpg

It’s great to be back at work making a difference on important issues in our Parliament.

I look forward to providing you further updates.