Chancellor Merkel

The announcement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, confirming the intention she stated in the most recent German election, that she will step down as Chancellor in 2021 and not seek reelection as the Chair of the CDU marks the end of an era according to Chair of the Australia-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Group, Eric Abetz.

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Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack

The vile and disgusting attack against the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh is both anti-semitic and an attack on our humanity.

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Tasmanian councils should follow mainland lead

The announcement by the Greens-controlled Byron Shire Council that it will continue to hold Australia Day celebrations on January 26 has been welcomed by Liberal Senator Eric Abetz who has called on Tasmanian councils to follow suit.

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Government’s embrace of small business welcome

News reports today that the Government is considering options to smooth the path for small businesses, including in dealings with the Australian Tax Office, have been strongly welcomed by Liberal Senator Eric Abetz.

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Senate Estimates

While Senate Estimates is usually for the Opposition, given their complete inability to land any blows on the Government this week, I thought I would issue my own Estimates summary of the key take-outs from the week.

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Biggest Flavours of Tasmania ever

The Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team has tonight hosted the biggest Flavours of Tasmania event yet, with Ambassadors from around the world, Business and Community leaders, media figures and Parliamentarians coming to Parliament House to see, drink and taste all things Tasmanian.

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GST legislation locks in Tasmania’s economic security

The introduction of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Every State and Territory Gets Their Fair Share of GST) Bill 2018 shows that the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team has again delivered for Tasmania with the inclusion of provisions to ensure Tasmania is better off today and into the future.

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Speech to the Senate on the Australian and Israeli relationship

The announcement by the Prime Minister to investigate the possibility of relocating the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv is to be applauded. Every sovereign nation has the right to determine the capital and its seat of government. Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East that abides by the rule of law, is slighted by elements of the world community not recognising its designated capital. It would be like countries saying to Australia, 'We don't recognise Canberra—for whatever reason—and, therefore, we will place our embassy in Goulburn.' No slight on Goulburn. I'm sure it's a great city and town in the state of New South Wales—Senator Molan agrees, so I'm glad I have that support in this debate. It is important to recognise that a sovereign nation has the right to determine where its national capital will be. So I'm delighted that there is now a move within the world community to right this wrong. It is a move that has been discussed for a long time, and countries as diverse as Guatemala, Paraguay, the Czech Republic, Romania, Honduras and, indeed, the United States have engaged in this discussion.

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TPP passage to back Tassie producers

The passage of legislation through the Parliament today to implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership means more market access for Tasmanian farmers, greater opportunities for our businesses, more jobs and increased investment for Australia.

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GST Deal a win for Tasmania

The Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team welcomes the revised GST legislation that ensures Tasmania will be better off now and into the future.

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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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