Morrison Government a pack of environmental vandals

The Federal Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020 is environmental vandalism in the extreme. It completely ignores Professor Graeme Samuel AC’s interim recommendations to accompany changes…

Stop the spin and address the human misery caused by pokies

Talking Point published in the Mercury newspaper 3 September 2020. Just as seatbelts and drink driving laws made cars safer, we need measures to make poker machines safer. The tragic…

Andrew speaks in Parliament on the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020

The Federal Government’s latest asylum seeker bill is an abomination. More deterrence and punishment when integrity and lawfulness is what’s actually called for.

Parliament covers up Australia’s true carbon footprint

The House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy today tabled its report on Andrew Wilkie MP’s National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendment (Transparency in Carbon Emissions Accounting) Bill 2020…

Feds flying blind on aged care in Tasmania

“Prime Minister, the Mercury newspaper reports that there have been no unannounced safety checks at Tasmanian residential aged care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. “By comparison the aged care regulator…

The Wilkie Report August 2020 – Australia needs a virtual parliament

Well here we are, almost six months into the pandemic and it’s dangerously negligent that the Federal Government still hasn’t got a virtual parliament up and running. For months the…

Awash with secrecy, government risks eroding public trust

What’s with all the state secrets? I’m the first to say the state government has done a good job keeping us safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But I’m growing increasingly…

Where are the hundreds of missing greyhound puppies?

Independent Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie will join Let Greyhounds Run Free to demand an investigation into the fate of 262 greyhound pups that disappeared in Tasmania between 2016 and…

No Rail? Back to the drawing board on Bridgewater Bridge

The State Government’s concept designs for the new Bridgewater Bridge are astounding for what they don’t show, and that of course is provision for a railway line. There is a…