Media releases - speeches

Question Time – Closing the Gap

SENATOR O'SULLIVAN: My question is to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Scullion. Can the minister outline to the Senate how this government is making a difference in closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians? SENATOR SCULLION: Can I…

Motion – Roseanne Fulton

SENATOR SCULLION: I understand the frustration people feel in relation to this case. It is a very complex matter. The full details simply cannot be captured by a motion like this. It is a matter for Western Australia and the…

Question Time – Machado-Joseph Disease

SENATOR McKENZIE: My question is to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Scullion. Can the minister inform the Senate how the government is honouring the minister's commitment to support people with Machado-Joseph Disease? SENATOR SCULLION: I thank Senator McKenzie for…

Question Time on Remote School Attendance

SENATOR BOYCE: My question is to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Scullion. Could the minister update the Senate on the implementation of the Remote School Attendance Strategy following his visits recently to the NT, WA and my home state…

Adjournment speech on indigenous employment

SENATOR SCULLION: I rise to acknowledge the very special work that is done by corporate Australia in assisting government to get one of our major priorities for Indigenous affairs underway. Our priorities are getting kids to school, getting adults into…

Ayers Rock Resort adjournment speech

SENATOR SCULLION: One of the things that disheartens me is not only the sad stories about hardship, disadvantage and disconnection in remote Indigenous communities; what is more important and what has a bigger impact on me is the way that…

Speech on the passing of Bill South

SENATOR SCULLION: I rise to speak today of the passing of Bill South, an unsung hero who changed the lives of Aboriginal people in some of Australia's most remote Indigenous communities. Bill South passed away suddenly, a day before his…

Take note on Asylum Seekers

SENATOR SCULLION: I have to say it is fairly nauseating to get lectured by those on the other side, particularly Senator Crossin, on picking policy. Can you imagine that — getting lectured by them about picking policy? It is now…

Take note of answers on Asylum Seekers

SENATOR SCULLION: I move: That the Senate take note of answers given by Senator Lundy to questions asked by Senator Cash. We get to another day where those opposite would have some sort of celebration. The number is a big…

Senator Scullion speaks on asylum policy

Comment SmallerLarger PrintPrint Senator Scullion speaks on asylum policy Monday, August 13, 2012 Senator SCULLION (Northern Territory—Deputy Leader of The Nationals) (15:14): It is rare that I rise in this place to start my remarks by offering some advice to…

Condolences – Sir Zelman Cowen

Sir Zelman Cowen passed away on 8 December last year, aged 92. December 8 was a significant date, being the 34th anniversary of his swearing-in as the 19th Governor-General of Australia in 1977. Sir Zelman Cowen, who was once famously…

Questions without notice – Energy efficiency

SENATOR SCULLION: My question is to the minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. I refer the minister to statements made in the government's Clean Energy Future campaign that households should switch from electric to solar hot…

Questions without notice – Live animal exports

SENATOR SCULLION:  My question is to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Ludwig. Is the government aware of any abattoirs in Indonesia that currently comply with World Organisation for Animal Health, OIE, standards? SENATOR LUDWIG: In terms of…

Ministerial Statement – Afghanistan

Senator SCULLION (Northern Territory) (11:32 AM) —There are many reasons that Australians believe that we live in the ‘lucky country’, though I think we take for granted most of those reasons. One of the obvious reasons is the fact that…

Questions Without Notice – Indigenous Affairs

SENATOR SCULLION: My question is to Senator Evans, the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. A number of houses have been renovated in Ali Curung near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory under the…

Ministerial Statement – Burma

Senator SCULLION (Northern Territory) (4:37 PM) —I move: That the Senate take note of the statement on Closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, together with the Prime Minister’s report 2010. I seek leave to speak briefly to the…

Maiden Speech

Senator SCULLION (11:02 AM) —Thank you, Madam President. I second the motion that the address-in-reply to the opening speech by the Governor-General be agreed to. I have been honoured by the Northern Territory community in being elected to represent their…