First Speech

  Australians don’t trust politicians. It’s a universal truth. In fact, Australians are losing faith across the four sectors of the economy—government, media, corporate and non-government organisations. But for my new role as senator for Queensland it is concerning—most concerning—that people’s trust in Australia’s institution of government, which has delivered peace and stability in this…

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Senator Amanda Stoker’s call to arms in maiden speech

UNFAIR dismissal laws should be watered down, while “union monopolies” broken up and taxed in order to create more jobs, LNP Senator Amanda Stoker said in her maiden speech in Parliament this evening. In a call to arms to conservatives, Senator Stoker said industrial relations desperately needed to be reformed to give employers more room…

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Union Tax

The ACTU claims that changes to our workplace relations framework are needed to address insecure work and flat lining wage growth. But at a time when unions are making record profits from side ventures while membership rates sit at record lows, the tax-free status of unions as non-for-profit organisations is ripe for reform. Major unions…

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS – Taxation

Senator STOKER (Queensland) (15:21): I rise to take note of the contribution of Senator Brown and of course the contributions made by Senator Cormann and particularly Senator Fierravanti-Wells in the course of today’s debate. Senator Wong interjecting— The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Thank you, Senator Wong. Senator Stoker, in taking note, you’re taking note of answers to questions. Senator…

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