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.
The vile and disgusting attack against the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh is both anti-semitic and an attack on our humanity.
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.
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.
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.
The revelation at Senate Estimates tonight that the acting Managing Director of the ABC, Mr David Anderson, discussed with the former Managing Director a redundancy is troubling according to Senator Abetz.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team welcomes the revised GST legislation that ensures Tasmania will be better off now and into the future.