Work Commences on Pedestrian Bridge

Construction work has commenced on the Liberal Government funded $8m walkway connecting the Queens Domain with the Cenotaph with an official sod turning ceremony today.

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While the will of the Australian people to change marriage has been implemented, it is a matter of deep regret that the Parliament has not seen fit to provide basic protections to ensure freedom of speech, religion, conscience as well as parental rights and safeguards for charities.

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High Court decision requires unions to play by the rules

The 4-1 High Court decision handed down yesterday that overturns an earlier decision by the Federal Court and clarifies the difference between protected and unprotected industrial action has been welcomed by former Employment Minister Eric Abetz.

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Fahour misleading evidence is of grave concern

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has expressed serious concerns over a filing in the Federal Court by former Australia Post boss Ahmed Fahour that appears to directly contradict evidence that was provided at Senate Estimates.

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Keay’s ignorance claims smashed

Labor’s claims that Justine Keay took ‘all reasonable steps’ to the best of her knowledge has been totally smashed by the revelation that Ms Keay worked for the UK Government in the powerful Department of Constitutional Affairs.

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Dastyari dismissal welcome but not enough

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has welcomed Labor Leader Bill Shorten finally taking steps to dismiss Kristina Keneally’s mate Senator Dastyari from Labor’s leadership group but said it must go further.

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Marriage Bill Third Reading

I have said all along that the Marriage Bill needs strong protections for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of conscientious objection and parental rights.

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GetUp fibs exposed in Queensland Election

Despite claims from GetUp Director Paul Oosting that GetUp would campaign against Queensland Labor, GetUp has been caught out handing out how to vote cards for Labor in key marginal seats.

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Speech to the Senate - Marriage Bill

Marriage as a social unit pre-existed the nation state and parliaments. It is common to all cultures. It's very rationale was about the best way for raising and socialising the next generation, providing the certainty and stability of their biological parents and the diversity of a female and male role model. In its variations between cultures, the 'man, woman, children' element of marriage is the common denominator. It is not about the adults, but the potential children. It is 'other' focused, not 'self' focused. As even the atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell opined, it is through children alone that sexual relations became of importance to society and worthy to be taken cognisance of by a legal institution. Our own Australian Law Reform Commission noted that marriage in Indigenous communities is a central feature of traditional Aboriginal societies, and the union was considered to be strengthened by the birth of the first child. So, here, too, we have marriage and raising children inextricably interlinked.

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About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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