• 10/11/2015: Debate speech in opposition to Boxing Day retail trade

    I will be brief in my contribution to debate on the Retail Trading Amendment Bill 2015. When I was travelling along the highway to a court case I noticed a large billboard with words written on it that could be seen by everybody travelling along that highway. The four words written on that billboard were, “Shut up and shop.” That statement underpins the attitude behind this bill. The Animal Justice Party opposes the bill.

    Read the full speech HERE

    Watch the full speech below.

  • 10/11/2015: Debate speech in support of the disallowance motion regarding the Native Game Birds Regulation 2015

    The Animal Justice Party supports the motion moved by Mr David Shoebridge to disallow the Game and Feral Animal Control Amendment (Native Game Birds) Regulation 2015. I understand that the regulation relates to the shooting of birds that are supposed to be stationary. I used to work as a duck rescuer in the field before the Act to ban recreational duck shooting became law. We clearly opposed the killing of those birds for recreational purposes. Significantly, I and other rescuers noticed that when a shot was fired at a flock only one or two birds would drop to the ground. If they were lucky they were killed instantly. As we continued to watch the remaining flock fly across the lake two, three or four more birds would slowly drop away. They were the birds that died long, lingering deaths from shot pellets in their bodies.

    Read the full speech HERE

    Watch the full speech below.

  • Mark Pearson team staff

    15/10/2015: Speech in support of workplace flexibility

    I support the principle of flexibility in the workplace. It is important to address the mental and physical health of employees in a workplace where the work is difficult, the stress level is high and there are many deadlines. Often people do not merge their work lives and home lives, for different reasons. At home people may have to deal with illness of a partner, a child or a family member. That and other factors make life complex and it is impossible to live a regimented life. At the same time their workplace may be rigid and regimented, and does not provide flexibility, which results in more stress. That can have deleterious impacts on their wellbeing and their capacity to manage their lives, both at work and at home.

    Read the full speech HERE

  • 14/10/2015: Debate speech in opposition to the closure of the Newcastle rail line

    The Animal Justice Party will oppose the Transport Administration Amendment (Closure of Railway Line at Newcastle) Bill 2015. The whole argument of the Government in this debate has been that the closure of the railway line is about revitalising the centre of Newcastle. How can one revitalise the centre of Newcastle by taking away its lifeline, its fundamental structure, which has resulted in Newcastle having one of the best transport systems in Australia?

    Read the full speech here – HERE

  • 17/09/2015: Adjournment speech on the water usage in beef production

    When thinking about water use, our immediate focus is on how much water we use from taps or tanks around the house and garden. Perhaps we think about how much we use at work. Why is it, when we focus on the amount of water used to produce protein or food for human consumption, we conveniently neglect the elephant—or should I say the steer and the cow—in the room? Often a large volume of “embodied water” is associated with many items we use or consume on a daily basis. This is the amount of water used during the growing, transportation and processing of the goods and services we use or consume. However, what is clearly evident—and backed by numerous scientific studies and reports—is that it is animal products that impart huge strains on our water resources and in turn our water security.

    Read the full speech HERE

    Watch the full speech below.

Page 5 of 7« First...34567