Australian Labor Senator for Victoria. Proud father of four and Western Bulldogs supporter. Authorised by Kim Carr Australian Labor Party (Vic Branch) Docklands
Sep 22, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
The far-reaching consequences of the ministerial powers in an emergency were not debated by the parliament, and I challenge the assumption that they were even understood by members when they voted on this legislation in 2016. #auspol
As Justice Jackson observed, emergency powers can be misused. All you need is a government that can make a plausible claim of emergency, whether one exists or not.
That’s why parliamentary scrutiny is so important, to test such claims at the time they are actually made #auspol
Sep 22, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
There has recently been controversy over extent of Gov Emergency Power under biosecurity laws. Again, failure of parliament to scrutinise these laws when they were introduced, has become all too apparent. #auspol
When they were debated, these bills were seen as agricultural matters, not matters of human health and civil liberties. #auspol
Sep 22, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
What is all too apparent, is that the Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergencies) Bill 2020 contains within it, a blatant attempt to obscure this unnecessary and illogical grab for power.
This is a deliberate strategy, not a drafting mistake #auspol
This is a matter that should concern all Australian citizens, especially those concerned with civil liberties and human rights.
Sep 22, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
On 3 September 2020, the Minster for Defence presented a new bill, the Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergencies) Bill 2020. #auspol
Hidden in the fine print of an otherwise unremarkable bill giving legal protection to ADF personnel following lawful instructions while on service, is an extraordinary extension of emergency Commonwealth powers. #auspol
Aug 26, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
ALL international agreements to be vetted by DFAT and the spooks? Is this serious or just another Scomo thought bubble to get the heat off aged care? What is happening with the Cabinet if these ideas are run though journalists as if it has no impact on our international relations
How many public servants and lawyers do they think it is going to take to supervise and review all organisations who have international agreements? Or are we just going to veto agreements with groups that Mr Murdoch doesn’t like?
Aug 13, 2020 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
This country needs to get serious about planning for economic recovery, but all the Morrison Government can offer are grim slogans and a Johnny-come-lately discovery of the importance of manufacturing.
Where are the Gov's plans for industry sectors? Where is its energy plan?
Half-baked leaks to Murdoch mouth pieces do not make a plan. Some try to present economic development and action on climate change as alternative choices. That is a false dichotomy.
Jul 20, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
While the Gov talks big on sovereign capabilities and local manufacturing @MonashUni scientists are frustrated that they will have to go off shore to manufacture if their vaccine is successful. Which will only see Australians put further down the queue to actually get a vaccine.
Jul 15, 2020 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
At a time when everyone is looking to research to solve the pandemic our national research funding model in Australia has collapsed. This uncertainty will continue well into next year with one exception, there will be no extra money. #research#R&D
The government has no solutions other than to get the mirror out and have a good look into the problem. The Research Sustainability Working Group of eight Vice-Chancellors appointed by the Minister will not report until after this years Budget.
Sep 22, 2019 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Well done on using a major diplomatic summit to prise much neded funding for #space, #science and research out of the Morrison government. More of these sort of investments are needed to turn around the alarming decline in Australia's R&D performance #auspol
These kind of investments have a massive payoff for jobs, and industrial opportunities across the whole economy. Participation in international space missions will give Australians access to he latest technology and will have unforseen positive spinoffs #auspol
Sep 15, 2019 • 4 tweets • 4 min read
Words cannot adequately describe how horrific this is. #Science flourishes in a intellectual environment uninhimbered from government or bureaucratic interference. The last thing we need is bureaucrats or politicians pronouncing judgements on research #auspol
Our nation is suffering from drought. The health of the Great Barrier Reef has been downgraded by @gbrmarinepark. Rather than deal with these issues, right wing populists who have infiltrated conservative parties blame #science & research. #spin#distraction#auspol
Aug 26, 2019 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Six long years of cuts and neglect of science and research has consequences. Speeches won’t turn this around, what this nation needs is policy backed with real investments from govt. Drop the flawed R&D tax changes which punish companies that do R&D not encourage it #auspol
Another day another scare. Time and time again those who want to extend the creeping influence of the security agencies over academic activity never waste an opportunity to beat up a story #auspolafr.com/politics/feder…
I have spent the last two years asking all our agencies - security and education- to point us to the evidence. And no one can point to a single incident #auspoltheguardian.com/australia-news…
In a bid to promote a new cold war with China, the folks at @ASPI_org have ignored the government's own review of defence exports, including the links between universities, public research agencies and international scholars #auspol canberratimes.com.au/story/6323432/…
The question I pose to all those promoting this idea that there is a grand international conspiracy to fleece Australian scientists is, where is the evidence? The answer is there is none. #auspol
Jul 23, 2019 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Excellent piece @GavinMoodie analysing the problem with higher education policy capacity in Australia. One of the reason's why I have advocated for a higher education commission is to repair this capacity and guide intelligent policy design
The governance of tertiary education in this country has become dominated by a singular focus on budget and fiscal driven priorities, not educational, research or skills driven futures
Jul 19, 2019 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Despite the spin, the Building Ministers Forum yesterday was a failure and took no action needed to solve the crisis in construction infustry. All that happened was window dressing in an attempt to convince the insurers that all is well #auspol
What are the facts? No concrete action on solving the insurance crisis. No banning of dangerous cladding at the border. No commitment to comprehensive national licensing of building trades
Jul 16, 2019 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
It is immensely disappointing that @GrattanInst is ending its higher education research program. I have not always agreed with @andrewjnorton but have always respected his insights and attention to detail. grattan.edu.au/higher-educati…
As a country we don't do higher education research, particular research that informs and provokes public debate well. The departure of @GrattanInst leaves a gaping hole and I hope someone else will step up to the plate.
Jun 24, 2019 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Without basic research there can be no new knowledge, and without new knowledge there will be no discoveries to commercialise or translate. A lopsided funding system that ignores basic research places this nation's economy and social cohesion at risk. afr.com/news/policy/he…
As instruments like the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grow, they will further distort Australia's research profile. My fear is this could place Australia's future science endeavour at risk. This is why I argued it was time for a new review of Research in Australia #auspol