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Year in Brief – 2015

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Peter Whish-Wilson 14 Dec 2015

Laws Passed

Increasing the threshold for unfair contract terms for small business 9/14/15  |
Introducing a register of foreign ownership of water licenses 11/23/15  |
Introducing transparency requirements for large private companies and strengening multinational tax avoidance measures 12/3/15  |

Questions without Notice

Trade - TPP  3/5/15  |
Trade - TPP 3/18/15  |
Trade - TPP 6/18/15  |
Trade - TPP 6/25/15  |
Competition Policy - Effects Test 8/20/15  |
Trade - ChAFTA 9/10/15  |
Trade - ChAFTA 9/17/15  |
Trade - ISDS 10/15/15  |
Trade - TPP 11/11/15  |
Whaling 11/30/15  |

Successful Motions

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement 3/26/15  |
Protection of cetaceans 5/14/15  |
Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service—Funding 6/18/15  |
Grass-fed cattle levies 8/19/15  |
Food labelling standards—Seafood (with Senators Xenophon, Sterle, Madigan, Lambie, Lazarus and Wang) 8/19/15  |
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (with Senators Xenophon, Lazarus, and Muir) 10/13/15  |
Japan–Whaling activity (with Senator Wang) 12/2/15  |

Adjournment Speeches

Centenary of Anzac 3/25/15  |
Lapoinya 8/19/15  |
Marine Environment 9/8/15  |
Shark Culling 8/18/15  |
Tasmania: Fish Farming 3/2/15  |
Tasmania: Gunns Ltd 3/16/15  |
Defence Procurement 11/26/15  |
Small Business (including penalty rates) 11/11/15  |

Inquiries

Food Standards Amendment (Fish Labelling) Bill 2015  |
The Commonwealth's treaty-making process  |
Regulation of the fin-fish aquaculture industry in Tasmania
ChAFTA  |
Credit card interest rates  |
Scrutiny of financial advice  |
Forestry managed investment schemes  |
Foreign Investment Review framework  |
Australian grape and wine industry  |
Mental health of ADF serving personnel  |
Corporate tax avoidance  |
Cooperative, mutual and member-owned firms  |
Marine Plastics  |
Supertrawlers  |
Joint Strike Fighter  |
Regional capitals  |
Infrastructure  |
White-collar crime  |

Media Highlights

Japan–Whaling activity (with Senator Wang) 12/2/15  |
The mercury - Hunt on for rogue fishers in Australian Antarctic waters as Interpol, Sea Shepherd join search 1/16/15  |
Fairfax - Weapons companies use Australian War Memorial in Canberra for celebrations 2/26/15  |
Lateline - TPP Debate: Alan Oxley and Peter Whish-Wilson 3/31/15  |
ABC - Senate inquiry to look at defence mental health in wake of Williamtown suicides 4/2/15  |
AFR - John Fraser, Dennis Richardson play dead bats on politics (senate estimates) 6/3/15  |
Fairfax - Greens push for royal commission into finance scandals 6/24/15  |
News Ltd - ATM fees: Senate to put banks’ dodgiest fee under microscope 6/24/15  |
Fairfax - Meet the new Greens economics team preparing to shake up Australian politics 6/26/15  |
Saturday Paper - WikiLeaks Exclusive: Secret core text from Trade in Services Agreement negotiations 7/1/15  |
The Mercury - Editorial: Fish focus a welcome development (salmon farming inquiry) 7/20/15  |
ABC - Misconduct alleged at Senate inquiry into forestry investment schemes (MIS inquiry) 8/6/15  |
AFR - Saul Eslake says Abbott government could borrow $50b to boost jobs (infrastructure inquiry) 8/14/15  |
Fairfax - Greens are fighting for the small business without a voice (effets test) 9/4/15  |
The Guardian - Australia's treaty-making process is broken: The China free trade deal is a case in point 9/11/15  |
The New Daily - Turnbull must get the economic numbers right (Whish-Wilson triggers the demis of Abbott, apparently, but don't believe everything you read on the internet!) 9/15/15  |
The Examiner - University presents case for city campus (regional capitals inquiry) 9/25/15  |
The Australian - Seafood labelling petition handed to govt 10/15/15  |
ABC PM - Government and Greens strike deal on foreign investment rules 11/23/15  |
Fairfax - CBA's $80 million compensation claim should come with penalties (white-collar crime inquiry) 11/26/15  |
Fairfax - Push for inquiry into Australia's $24 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter purchase 11/27/15  |
SBS - Australia criticises Japan's whaling resumption 11/28/15  |
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