Mitochondrial Donation

Mitochondrial disease is a serious condition with potentially devastating consequences for patients and their families. The Minister acknowledges that the potential use of mitochondrial donation to prevent women with disease-causing mutations in their mitochondrial DNA from passing those mutations to their children raises medical, scientific, ethical, legal and social questions which must be considered before…

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E-Cigarettes

When it comes to e-cigarettes, the important message is that they’re not a safe alternative to regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes or vaping, act as nicotine induction items. The nicotine in the vapour is just as addictive as nicotine in a burn product or traditional cigarettes. In light of this, both the National Health and Medical Research…

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Foreign Aid Programme

There has been a lot said in recent months about Australia’s foreign aid Programme. I value Australia’s aid programme and am proud of the results we have been able to achieve, but also acknowledge the need to be results focused. It’s not always easy to show the impact of Australian aid, mostly because much of…

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Axe the Tax Period-Share the Dignity

The Coalition Government understands that the application of the GST to feminine hygiene products is an important issue to many people. Under the intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations and Commonwealth legislation, a change to the rate or base of the GST would need to be supported by all of the States and Territories. It would…

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Carmichael Mine Project

Carmichael Mine Project Financing for the Carmichael mine project is a commercial matter and the final decision on whether to proceed with the project rests with Adani.   The Government is not providing special treatment for Adani to access export credit finance. Adani, like any Australian export project proponent, is able to apply for loans…

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Australian Live Sheep Exports

Australian Live Sheep Exports In response to the footage, Luke contacted the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources for comment on the matter. Luke and the Coalition Government condemn cruelty to animals and take animal welfare very seriously. Australia requires level of animal welfare much higher than other countries do through the live export supply…

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No to Overseas Fishing Fleets and Restore Our Marine Sanctuaries

No to Overseas Fishing Fleets and Restore Our Marine Sanctuaries   The Coalition Government is delivering a more balanced and scientific evidence-based approach to ocean protection, enabling tourism and well-managed fishing activity supporting local communities, local jobs and regional economies.   Key elements of the Coalition Government’s plans include: •             An increase of 200,000 square…

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Block the bills! Protect our voice

Block the bills! Protect our voice The package of espionage and foreign interference legislative reforms On 7 December 2017, the Prime Minister introduced a comprehensive package of legislative reforms implementing the findings of the former Attorney-General’s review of Australia’s espionage and foreign interference laws. The National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017…

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Ban on Cosmetic Testing on Animals

Ban on Cosmetic Testing on Animals The testing of cosmetic products and ingredients is conducted to assist in developing a new product and to ensure the product and its ingredients are safe to use. For the investigation of possible human health effects, animal tests have historically been used, as they best represent the overall effect…

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