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Following visits to Curtin and Murdoch Universities, Melissa spoke about the Coalition's unfair higher education changes.More...
Ms Parke (4:40pm) — In 2004, Zack de la Rocha, from Rage Against the Machine, dedicated this poem to journalists around the world:
Eyes Upon The Eyes
You're the eyes upon the eyes
Ms Parke (10:37am) — Deputy Speaker, I'm grateful for this opportunity to discuss the decision by the government to provide assistance in the fight against Islamic State, but disappointed that the opportunity for parliamentary consideration remains a fundamentally token gesture.
We have had more than a decade to reflect on the folly of 2003, yet nothing much has changed. The executive function of the Australian government should not be unfettered in this area of decision-making. It is simply too complex and its consequences too serious for that to be the case.
And at this point let me be clear – I do believe that these circumstances, with Islamic State perpetrating atrocities in a widening zone within Iraq, raise the legitimate option of Australia's involvement in an international humanitarian response.
But there are two key matters that should be resolved every time there is reason for Australia to consider military involvement or action in circumstances where our security is not directly under threat.
Ms Parke (1:33pm) – 'Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.' This is what the Tory statesman Benjamin Disraeli told the House of Commons in 1874.
In its approach to higher education reforms, the coalition government would do well to consider this principle.
Ms Parke (6:37pm) – I rise to argue against this bill, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014, which represents another serious blow to Australia's ambitions and achievements when it comes to renewable energy. Abolishing the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, known as ARENA, will jeopardise Australia's renewable energy future. It will mean a serious delay in our progress towards a decreasing reliance on fossil fuels. It will mean falling behind in a fast-growing and competitive global industry generating 21st century jobs and it constitutes a further retreat in Australia's contribution to combatting climate change.