Federal Member for Kingston

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development

Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel

Fighting For Us

Speeches in Parliament

SPEECH: Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (19:01): I am so pleased to be here today to be part of making marriage equality law in this country with this Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017. Over five years ago I voted yes for marriage equality in this parliament. At the time I said that my belief in fairness, equality, compassion and the importance of striving for a world without discrimination meant that I had no choice but to vote for a change to the Marriage Act to ensure same-sex couples had the right to marry the person they love. For me this sentiment is as true today as it was back in 2012. While marriage equality did not become law in 2012, this week, five years or more later, we will finally see the law changed to allow two people who love each other to make a lifelong commitment to each other, and this commitment will now be properly recognised in Australia's law.

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SPEECH: Mr Timothy Deslandes

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (16:19): I rise today to note the sad passing of Timothy Nicholas Deslandes, loving husband to Moira Deslandes, dad to Ann, Michael, Luke, Clare, Amelia, Zoe, Melody, Will and Alex, and grandpa to Archie. Tim was taken too soon. He died recently, on 19 October, aged only 59. But what Tim did with the years he had made a huge contribution to our local community and to many.

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SPEECH: Veterans and their families

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (12:10): As foreshadowed in my speech on the second reading, I would like to say that Labor will be supporting all of the government's amendments to this bill. Obviously, one of the amendments that we are very, very pleased about is the amendment relating to the Veterans' Review Board. This is, I think, an important amendment that addresses the concerns of the ex-service community and apprehensions that were discussed during the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee process.

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SPEECH: Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (18:15): I rise today to speak about the Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 2017. This bill contains eight schedules, which deal with different elements of veterans legislation that seek to clarify, improve and streamline the operation of law and processes within the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Given the detail in the bill, it was referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. The committee thoroughly examined the legislation, held public hearings and reported back to the parliament on 13 June 2017. I would like to thank the committee members and all those submitters on their work in reviewing this legislation.

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SPEECH: Veterans - Government Response to Report

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (12:17): The mental health and suicide of our current and ex-serving Defence personnel has received considerable attention in recent times, and rightfully so. Serving in the Australian Defence Force involves sacrifice and risk and, in exchange for this risk, we commit to supporting our personnel both during their time in Defence and beyond.

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SPEECH: National Broadband Network 2017

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (12:47): I take it from the previous member's speech that the Prime Minister has decided now to cut the amount of GST flowing to South Australia. It is an outrageous decision by this Prime Minister, and he will be held to account in the next federal election. But I don't rise to speak about that today. I rise to draw attention to the impact of the Liberal government's failed NBN plan. I feel like a broken record in this place. For 10 years now I have been raising the issue around broadband. When Labor was in government we had a proper plan to fix it. Indeed, we see that the suburbs that have fibre to the home are now enjoying the benefits of high-speed broadband. Unfortunately, there are many suburbs that missed out on Labor's plan and are now being saddled with the inferior, 100-year copper network. This is just a short-sighted solution to a massive problem.

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SPEECH: Employment

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (15:37): I just listened to the assistant minister. He bragged about job figures, but did not say one word of consolation to the workers who are losing their jobs tomorrow. Not one word of consolation did he offer them and their families about the jobs they've lost. Indeed, he argued this issue shouldn't be brought to the floor of the parliament. Well, I am proud to support the member for Wakefield, who has been doing an enormous job over many years supporting those workers at Holden as they face an unknown future. It is disingenuous of this assistance minister to come in and not even say, 'I'm sorry you're losing your jobs, and I'm sorry your future is uncertain now.' And now he runs out of the chamber—that is what we expect.

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SPEECH: Community Centres

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (10:36): I rise today to acknowledge and thank the many dedicated people who run and volunteer in our community centres in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. It is the time of the year where many local community centres are having their annual general meetings and reflecting on the year that was. There are many community centres that offer many opportunities for local residents to get involved in a range of things. They provide a central, familiar location for people who receive important programs, services and activities. Community centres in the south provide services such as adult leaning classes, playgroups and support groups as well as health and fitness programs.

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SPEECH: Peacekeeping Operations 70th Anniversary

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (12:10): As foreshadowed in my speech on the second reading, I would like to say that Labor will be supporting all of the government's amendments to this bill. Obviously, one of the amendments that we are very, very pleased about is the amendment relating to the Veterans' Review Board. This is, I think, an important amendment that addresses the concerns of the ex-service community and apprehensions that were discussed during the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee process.

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SPEECH: Defence Legislation Amendment (2017 Measure No.1) Bill 2017

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (10:42): I rise to speak on the Defence Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017. This bill contains four schedules, which seek to smooth processes, increase protections for reservists, realise a recommendation from the First Principles Review of Defence, add contemporary definitions and enable reclassification of those who leave Defence and later find they were eligible for a medical discharge.

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