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Ms Parke (7:36pm) — The Clean Energy Amendment (International Emissions Trading and Other Measures) Bill 2012 and related bills which form this clean energy legislative package continue the government's steady and responsive policy progression towards a low-carbon Australian economy and a clean energy future. Unlike the opposition leadership's shallow politicking, flip-flopping and antiscience position—which flies in the face of the reality of dangerous climate change accepted by countries, including those led by conservative governments, all over the world—this government accepts the science of climate change and the natural consequences of that.
Ms Parke (1:16pm) — I welcome the Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2012, a further instalment of the Labor government's health reform program, a policy reform effort that has undertaken the difficult work of rethinking, planning and funding in relation to a number of blind spots in Australia's health system. Of course, the cornerstone of our health system is Medicare, one of the great and defining features of Australia's fundamentally egalitarian approach when it comes to ensuring the provision of high-quality universal public goods in the areas of health, education and the environment. These are the things we all share. These are the things that underwrite social equality and social cohesion in Australia and are the core features of our egalitarian ethos.
Ms Parke (12:25) — Today I want to speak about the global challenge of poverty. This week Oxfam Australia brought Steve Price-Thomas, Oxfam's international adviser on the G20, to parliament. I had the opportunity to meet with him, as I know some other members in this place did also. It provided a timely opportunity, as Australia prepares to join the G20 troika, to discuss the role of the most powerful and influential body on the globe in addressing the truly global challenge of eradicating poverty. Many in this place may be aware that the G20 members account for more than 80 per cent of global GDP. Yet some may be surprised to learn that more than half of the world's poor, more than 750 million people, live within G20 nations. Poor people in India, China and Indonesia make up the great majority of this population living on under US$1.25 a day, with smaller numbers in South Africa and Brazil as well.
Ms Parke (1:55pm) — I am normally resistant to the temptation of getting involved in shallow state parochialism, but there is only so much that the men and women of Western Australia can bear. The omission this week of Dockers Captain Matthew Pavlich from the AFL All-Australian side is perhaps the best recent indication that when you come from the other side of the Nullarbor you have to be twice as good to be recognised half as often. With this season still unfinished, Pavlich has kicked more goals than any other player. At the end of the regular season, he finished second in the Coleman Medal and had more possessions, more goal assists and more score assists than the player who was selected at full forward, Geelong's Tom Hawkins.