Penalty rates

Andrew Wilkie strongly supports penalty rates and his unavoidable absence from Parliament today made no difference to the outcome of votes about the issue. He ensured his position was recognised by asking Cathy McGowan, who would have voted with the Government, to...

Australian Government guilty of human rights abuses

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, discussed the payment of compensation to almost 2,000 asylum seekers because of their mistreatment in detention. “The decision by the Australian Government to pay compensation to 1,905 Manus Island detainees is a...

Australia reinforces Afghanistan failure

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, discussed the decision to increase Australia’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan. “Either the Government thinks reinforcing defeat in Afghanistan is somehow a good idea, which would be ridiculous, or more likely it...

Federal Government disappoints on Tassie health crisis

I was very disappointed when the Prime Minister refused to do something about the serious problems with the Tasmanian health system. Frankly it’s in crisis, a series of state governments have failed to fix it, and there’s a compelling case for some form of federal...

South Hobart arts centre opening a win for the community

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will attend the official opening of the South Hobart Living Arts Centre and be available for comment. Mr Wilkie secured $1.65m in federal funding in 2013 to convert the historic South Hobart Primary School into a...