Recent News from John

  • December 11
    Statement on Retirement
    SENATOR JOHN FAULKNER LABOR SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES 11 December 2014 Ladies and gentlemen, today I announce that I am retiring from parliament and political life. It has been an immense privilege to serve in the Australian Senate representing the Australian Labor Party for over a quarter of a century. I began working as... Read more »
  • November 7
    Data retention legislation
    Many people have contacted me to express their concerns regarding online privacy since the Abbott Government announced its proposed amendments to telecommunications law, and in particular, its plans to introduce mandatory data retention regulations for service providers. Certainly one of the greatest concerns conveyed to me by the Australian community about these proposed legislative amendments... Read more »
  • November 5
    The Honourable (Edward) Gough Whitlam, AC QC
    “Dying will happen sometime.  As you know, I plan for the ages, not just for this life.” As those words show, Gough Whitlam always thought – and planned – on a grand scale. In the past fortnight Australia has reflected on what Gough meant to, and achieved for, our nation. His government, cut short though... Read more »

Government News

  • November 19
    Australia must not shirk its regional responsibilities
    The Abbott Government’s announcement that it will no longer take refugees from Indonesia after July 1 of this year raises serious questions about the implementation of Australia’s humanitarian program. Labor will be holding urgent talks with the UNHCR about this change, as well as seeking a briefing from the Australian Government about what expert advice... Read more »
  • October 28
    Labor Senators call for rejection of Higher Education Bill
    Labor Senators today called for Parliament to reject the Abbott Government’s Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill (HERRA) 2014. In a dissenting report on the Education and Employment Committee’s inquiry into the Bill, Labor Senators described the Abbott Government’s proposals for massive funding cuts, deregulation of fees and real interest rates on student loans... Read more »
  • October 7
    Labor is listening on cost of living
    Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten today officially launched Labor’s new Cost of Living Caucus Committee with Chair, Terri Butler MP and Secretary, Senator Sam Dastyari in Ashfield. The new Cost of Living Committee has invited Australians, including community organisations and charities to attend forums around the country and called for submissions on cost of... Read more »