This section contains a selection of speeches prior to 2010 and more comprehensive additions from the resumption of Parliament in 2010. Full collection of speeches can be found on ParlInfo

National Apology for Forced Adoptions

In the life of any great nation, it is appropriate to pause and reflect and ask: are there things in the past we could have done better? Are there things we should have done better? Are there things we should not have done at all? A great nation, while celebrating its overwhelming achievements, should also find within its soul and conscience the capacity to ask the tough questions and reflect. Australia, being the great nation that she is, with a record second-to-none as a country of hope, reward and opportunity, nevertheless does not have an unblemished record. We have left people behind, and shamelessly so. And it is in recognition of that realisation that the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition made their heartfelt statements earlier today in the Great Hall: statements of apology on behalf of our nation for forced adoptions.

Continue Reading

Address to the Brisbane Club Workplace Relations Special Interest Group, Brisbane

It’s always good to come from the state closest to Antarctica to the state closest to the Equator. Our State Governments are poles are apart as well. In Tasmania we have a tired old Government, compromised by the Greens, who are more focused on advancing a destructive social agenda - no doubt to bring it into line with their economic agenda.

In contrast, in Queensland, you have a strong and effective Government prepared to make the tough decisions to repair the damage of gross Labor mismanagement and protect future generations from the wicked burden of debt.

Continue Reading

Address to the National Safety Council of Australia, Sydney

It’s good to be in a room of OH&S practitioners because I am assuming that in setting up the event you would have completed a full safety assessment.  That’s good for me. Given neck braces weren’t handed out, I assume my task is to keep you awake and alert.

Occupational health and safety is important. It is the difference between a child seeing their mum or dad that evening; literally the difference between life and death or disability.

Continue Reading

Transcript - Senate Chamber - 14 March 2012

Just when you think this shambolic government cannot get any worse - oh yes, they can. Just when you think they cannot bend over to the Greens anymore - oh yes, they can. Just when you think the government surely cannot have another liability issue on their hands after pink batts, the live cattle exports, after the Australian network tender debacle - oh yes, they can. This is the one area where this government excels.

Continue Reading

The Acorn has a lot to Answer for - Address to SAYLM

Address to the Young Liberal Movement of South Australia, Adelaide

Old children stories and fables (which regrettably are now out of fashion) have a great application to everyday life including politics.

‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ is a classic which reminds us of the foolishness of and severe embarrassment caused by unthinkingly following the crowd. It is a must read for the political correctness brigade.

Continue Reading

Workplace Relations – The Issues - Address to AMMA

Address to the Australian Mines & Metals Association Tasmania Conference, Hobart

A big welcome to Tasmania to interstate AMMA delegates. It’s good not to have to travel to Western Australia for a change.

Any 5 cent piece you can leave behind will be gratefully received by an economy that is being mugged in tandem by Green/Labor Governments from both Canberra and Hobart.

Continue Reading

Opening Address to the Norton Rose Australia Employment Conference, Sydney

It was with great hype that Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard introduced the Fair Work Act. In preparing for today, I took the opportunity to remind myself of some of the speeches of Labor Ministers when they introduced the Bill. The pages of Hansard are dripping with Labor ideology and war stories from their time as union bosses.

Today, many in Labor are still blinded by ideology when it comes to the Fair Work Act. But, now that we have had the chance to see how it has been implemented over the last two and a half years the ideology has to give way to an objective practical assessment. And it is plain for everyone else to see that there is significant room for improvement.

Continue Reading

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.

Read more


136 Davey Street
Hobart  TAS  7001

(03) 6224 3707