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Ms Parke (1:44pm) — As it fights desperately against the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), have said clearly to Australia and other countries that they don't want our money.
But they urgently need our assistance, our cooperation, and the application of our health resources and capabilities. Until recently MSF and other NGOs have been practically waging this battle alone.
Ms Parke (10:45am) — I wish to start my comments on this Bill by making reference to a case that came before the House of Lords in relation to the detention of foreign terrorist suspects indefinitely without trial under the UK's Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act, where Lord Hoffman, in a dissenting judgement, said:
"This is a nation which has been tested in adversity, which has survived physical destruction and catastrophic loss of life. I do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation. Whether we would survive Hitler hung in the balance, but there is no doubt that we shall survive Al-Qaeda. The Spanish people have not said that what happened in Madrid, hideous crime as it was, threatened the life of their nation. Their legendary pride would not allow it. Terrorist violence, serious as it is, does not threaten our institutions of government or our existence as a civil community.
... The real threat to the life of the nation, in the sense of a people living in accordance with its traditional laws and political values, comes not from terrorism but from laws such as these. That is the true measure of what terrorism may achieve. It is for Parliament to decide whether to give the terrorists such a victory."
Tony Abbott made a speech to the IPA in 2012 in which he referred to the Coalition as the "freedom party". However, as Prime Minister Mr Abbott now believes that "the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift" and that "there may be more restrictions on some so that there can be more protection for others."
I do not support a number of key elements in this Bill, and I am aware there are further even more controversial Bills coming before the parliament in the near future.
Ms Parke (9:54am) — The electorate I represent has an incredibly rich and significant maritime history. Fremantle is a working port, is the largest general cargo harbour in WA and home to the largest branch of the Maritime Union of Australia. Fremantle continues to be home to a significant fishing fleet and an incredibly precious fishing culture. A short distance south, along the coast in Henderson, the Australian Marine Complex is a diverse and highly developed centre for shipbuilding, related manufacturing work and maintenance. The work at the AMC encompasses critical defence projects, including maintenance of the Collins class submarines. I am profoundly concerned that the government has introduced so much uncertainty around the future of that genre of work and those jobs.
Ms Parke (3:49pm) – All governments bring different priorities and different focuses to the task of setting and pursuing a national agenda, but there is always a set of core issues whose immediate and long-term significance demands the attention and application of any responsible government. Here, now, in 2014 climate change has to be at the very top of that list. Some would say that national security is at the very top, but let us remember that, according to the US Defense Department's Quadrennial Defense Review this year and Australia's current National Security Strategy, climate change will create grave and complicated security challenges, including a number that are specific to our region. Some would say that the economy is second only to national security—and that is a point many would accept. But, again, climate change represents a severe future cost and risk to our economy.