Speeches in parliament

Metadata: ‘I condemn this Bill’ –

Senator David Leyonhjelm’s extraordinary Third Reading Speech on the Data Retention Bill: one of his few before a full Senate, and which – unusually – reduced the Chamber to silence. The video also includes footage of the division.

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‘My Name is Joe, and I’m a Spendaholic’: Struggle Street and the Budget

Senator Leyonhjelm, by way of a parable, explains what the Budget would look like if ordinary people ran their households in the same way.

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Senator Leyonhjelm’s speech on Australia’s new online copyright regime

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill is bad law; it protects rights-holders at everyone else’s expense, likely will not achieve its aims, and undermines freedom of speech. And that’s just for starters.

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Senator Leyonhjelm’s blistering speech on the Pharmacy Guild and corporate welfare

Did you know that even if you are a fully qualified pharmacist, you have to write a letter to the Health Minister to open a pharmacy, and that other pharmacists who already own business in the area get to decide

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Leyonhjelm on national security legislation

Senator Leyonhjelm on national security legislation: “When considering these disclosure offences, we should remember that keeping secrets is ASIO’s job. It is not the job of everyday Australians. It is most definitely not the job of media organisations. We must

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