Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2022 – Second Reading

22 March 2023 Senator BIRMINGHAM (South Australia—Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (10:35): As colleagues have noted, Australians do not change the Constitution of Australia lightly. Only eight of 44 referenda conducted in Australia have been successful, and the last successful referendum was conducted in 1977. Many members of this parliament and many voters were not…

Motions – Iraq War: 20th Anniversary

20 March 2023   Senator BIRMINGHAM (South Australia—Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (10:12): I begin by acknowledging all Australian servicemen and servicewomen who served in Iraq and who continue to serve in Iraq—those who have paid a price and for their service and particularly the families of those who have paid that price. We…

Adjournment – Australian Parliamentary Delegation to the Pacific Region, Australian Parliamentary Delegation to Papua New Guinea

8 February 2023   Senator BIRMINGHAM (South Australia—Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (19:34): Towards the end of last year I welcomed the opportunity to join the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Wong; the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Mr Conroy; and the shadow minister for international development and the Pacific, Mr McCormack, on…

Senate proceedings – Closing the Gap, National Apology to the Stolen Generations: 15th Anniversary

8 March 2023 Senator BIRMINGHAM (South Australia—Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (10:10): Closing the gap is a powerful concept because it bridges from the symbolic to the practical. The concept of closing the gap is to establish and pursue measurable, verifiable targets to achieve genuine equality in outcomes, in outcomes that are real to…

Motions – Ukraine

7 March 2023   Senator BIRMINGHAM (South Australia—Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (15:42): Ira Lyubarskaya is a young woman, a young university student with dreams and hopes. But Ira is from Mariupol. Ira is one of so many human faces with human stories that have been told as part of the bloody war that…

AIIA National Conference

Australian Institute of International Affairs National Conference Monday 24 October 2022 Canberra, ACT Thank you for the opportunity to be here at the Australian Institute of International Affairs and to address this conference, it really is a pleasure to be here. I begin by recognising the depth of foreign policy expertise assembled here today and…