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    Appointment as Shadow Minister for Justice

    I am honoured to be appointed as Shadow Minister for Justice by the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten MP. Serving on Labor’s front bench is a chance to make good public policy and speak up for the millions of Australians who rely on Labor for a fair go. From ice and other illicit drugs, to fraud, cybercrime, organised crime, corruption, people trafficking and disaster relief, the Justice portfolio deals with a broad range of issues that are critical to keeping Australians safe. I look forward to working closely with the Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for National Security, the Hon Ma...

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    It's an honour to be re-elected as the Member for Hotham

    On 2 July, I was re-elected to the Parliament as the Federal Member for Hotham. It is a deep privilege to speak on behalf of other Australians in Federal Parliament, and I am genuinely humbled to be re-elected the Federal Member for Hotham. To the people I represent - from East Bentleigh to Noble Park, from Dingley to Cheltenham - I will never stop fighting for the things that matter to our community. We had a good, clean campaign in Hotham that focused on the issues, and I congratulate all my worthy adversaries from other political parties. The electoral commission were fantastic, and, let's face it, they'v...

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    Oudated Budget based on outdated economic theory

    The big winners are at the top end of town. This is a Budget aimed squarely at making life easier for the wealthiest Australians and large businesses, and the government is very proud of that. The proposed tax cuts for these two groups are the centrepiece of this budget, and were the first thing the Treasurer talked about in the parliament. Income tax cuts will benefit just the top 20% of earners. While a millionaire is expected to be $16,750 better off under this Budget, a mother on $87,000 with two children in high school will be $4,463 worse off. The ghosts of the 2014 Budget remain. This Budge...

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