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

Adjournment Speech - Senate Chamber - Tasmanian Greens

The London Olympics have come and gone. One performance that has largely gone unnoticed is the extreme green groups' prevailing over contractors constructing the Olympic facilities not to use timber products manufactured by the Ta Ann timber processor in my home state of Tasmania. It should be noted that Ta Ann does not harvest timber in Tasmania.

It uses timber harvested by others that was previously destined for the woodchipper. Ta Ann value adds by veneering these previous woodchip logs into valuable veneer for plywood production.

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Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012 - Second Reading

The single most important priority in preventing people from risking their lives on dangerous maritime voyages is to recalibrate Australian policy settings to achieve an outcome that asylum seekers will not be advantaged if they pay people smugglers to attempt dangerous irregular entry into Australia instead of pursuing regular migration pathways and international protection arrangements.

So said the government's own hand-picked panel operating under the government's own self-drafted terms of reference. A hand-picked panel and self-drafted terms of reference—and the verdict? One of the most stinging critiques ever of government policy by a panel hand-picked by government with self-drafted terms of reference.

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ALSF Address - "It’s Not My Fault"

Address to the Australian Liberal Students Federation Annual Conference 2012

University of Sydney, Sydney

Thank you very much, Christian. Its great to be back with ALSF. It reminds me of a misspent youth. It also reminds me of some very worthwhile activities that myself and some others engaged in because, you might find it surprising, that Liberal Students believed in Compulsory Student Unionism until 1977.  I know thats not in your lifetime. But 1977 was when a group of us took over ALSF  and might I say, since then it has always been in the hands of what we describe as solid citizens  and I am sure it will continue to remain so.

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The Foundations of Successful Conservative Policy: The Wise and Foolish Builders

Address to the Mainstream Policy Forum, Sydney


‘…the wise man built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall because it had its foundations on the rock…

The foolish man … built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house and it fell with a great crash.

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Just Another Day in Paradise – The Union Boss Wonderland




Just imagine, getting paid to go to the gym, followed by having a relaxing massage followed by a shower. Well you won't need to imagine for much longer. Thanks to the union bosses and the Fair Work Act those days might not be that far away. So, Innes, I think you applied for the wrong job albeit I for one congratulate you and wish you well on this, your  first official day on the ground.

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"Where we Stand" - Address to the Workplace Relations Policy Forum

"Where we Stand"
Address to the Workplace Relations Policy Forum,
Victorian Liberal Party State Council

Workplace relations in Australia has been front and centre in the media in recent months. From Craig Thomson to Asciano and from Qantas to George Calombaris – with the problems of the Fair Work Act coming to the surface.

 I have no doubt that more problems will emerge in coming months.

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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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