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>> would you please come and speak to the union or partner group at some stage for the future, but even more importantly would help with the campaign to help work better together? >> like the honorable gentleman i'm passionate about our united kingdom and i believe we can make it stronger by dissecting it is a partnership of nations. and a partnership where we
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should treat each other with respect. they don't want a partnership. they want a separation. one of the things that is so strong about united kingdom and i think other countries frankly are quite jealous of is we have demonstrated that you can have multiple identities. you can be proud of being a brit. you can be proud of being a hindu and discard. you can be proud of both being welsh and british. that's a we should keep our united kingdom together. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, as we approach the festival marking the birth of jesus -- >> order. there was notably eccentric gesticulation taking place from you, mr. mcneal. [laughter] calm yourself, man. go and celebrate if you wish but we must tear the honorable gentleman and he will be heard.
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>> as we approach the festival of our to the birth of jesus christ, i invite the prime minister send out a message of support to those millions of fellow christians around the world are suffering persecution. and i also invite him once again to remind the british people that we are a country fashion by our christian heritage and it is of that heritage which is resulting are giving refuge to so many other faiths over so many centuries, that we will not tolerate those who abuse our freedom to try to inflict their alien and violent passions upon us particularly a name of islam. >> let me join in saying that we should do everything we can to defend and protect the rights of christians to practice their faith in the world over and that is an important part of our foreign policy. and let me commend also the archbishop of canterbury for the excellent work he does on the basis.
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i believe that yes britain is a christian country and the fact that we have an established they fully understand the place of the international life makes us a more tolerant nation and better able to accommodate other faiths, groups in our country and that's what as i said earlier in the session i think we should be proud of the fact that this is one of the most successful multiethnic multiphase multi-religion democracies anywhere in the world and that is not in conflict with her status as the predominant christian country. i think it's one of the reasons why we have done it. >> turn one. prime minister, i know the prime minister is aware flooding has taken place in my constituency. i've had a call from a constituent this moment to say insurance companies are refusing to pay our help m my constituens until they're paid to access and full. does agree this is absolutely outrageous, some of you up to 10,000 pounds come and what can be done to ensure they fulfill
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their obligations to my constituents? >> she's right to raise this. first of all the minister of government policy has had meetings with insurance companies to make sure that this sort of practice doesn't happen. that's the first point. the second thing is we've announced putting money into the community funds that will form hardship upon still people potentially who don't have insurance. the third and vital thing is the establishment of blood read which will mean all phones are able to get that interest. that was a decision made by the last government and we are putting in place. >> order. [inaudible conversations] >> we will come to point of order. >> we will leave the british house of commons as members move onto other business. you have been watching prime minister's questions unfair to live wednesday's when parliament is in session. a quick reminder you can see this week's session again sunday nights on c-span.
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for more information go to and click on series to do every program we've entered from the british house of commons since october of 1989. we invite your comments via twitter using hashtag pmqs >> today as special representative for afghanistan and pakistan testifies before the house foreign affairs committee on u.s.-pakistan relations. see his testimony live at 10 a.m. eastern on c-span3. >> abigail fillmore was the first first lady to work outside the home. teaching at a private school purchase successfully lobbied congress refunds three the first white house library. mamie eisenhower stressed-out in love of pink created fashion sensations. mamie pink was marketed as a
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highlights of question time with prime minister malcolm turnbull. he added questions on combating terrorism, climate change, tax policy and mental health issues. this is a 30 minute portion. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> alone. i'm david come at you from parliament house for question time wrap and we bring you the final sitting fortnight of the australian parliament for you. the prime minister had just returned from a series of global summits held in a shadow of a terrorist attack. he was asked how world leaders plan to respond to the growing threat of islamic fundamentali fundamentalism. >> turn one. my question is to the prime minister. will be prime minister have a
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collective response of global leaders to the recent terror attacks around the world? >> thank the honorable member for his question. mr. speaker, the international response to the terrorist attacks in paris and elsewhere, by root, ankara, russian airliner in the sinai, were front and center in all of the discussions i had with global leaders at the g20, at aipac and east asia summit. all of the leaders agree that the fight against terrorism is a major priority in global national security. we all reiterate our resolve to work together to defeat terrorism through increased international cooperation, including tackling the financing channels of terrorism, including tackling the messaging challenge
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where, despite the iso group in particular, offering what is a barbaric, i take -- isil -- version of islam, one that the things islam and blessings of god, despite that they been very skillful users of online platforms including social med media. and we are going to collaborate further into how we combat that and a new counter messaging centers being established in malaysia to do that. but isil must be defeated and must be defeated in the field. australia has the second largest foreign military contribution of coalition partners to battle against isil. more than any other country other than the united states. we have six hornets involved in
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missions in the theater with 250 personnel in the air. 90 special forces advisors, under a 300 soldiers building the capacity of the iraqi army. those servicemen and women are doing their job with professionalism and commitment and courage. we are working with our coalition allies and that is as it should be. but to destroy isil together. but we cannot and should not act unilaterally. not only because that would be obviously unreasonable and unwise but because it would be in violation of our agree with the government of iraq. i know that many people here in the united states have argued that america and its allies should dispatch a large expeditionary force to conquer and hold the isil controlled areas in much the same way iraq was conquered and occupied in
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2003. that is not the policy of the united states government or of any of the coalition partners. and it is unrealistic for australia to embark on any military operations that region other than in partnership with our allies. >> and other global threat featured heavily in the final fortnight, climate change. he was present when australia was doing enough to pull its weight compared to black countries. >> my question to the prime minister, four months ago as thomas greenhouse gas bush will come from coal in the mine pitcher government approved. you set a very happy to take the honorable members questioned unnoticed and will do the calculation and let him know. i haven't heard from you. will parliament get an answer or have you realize not good to go to the climate talks admitting
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you approved a single call by that will generate more bush than entire european union does in one year? >> before i call the prime minister, if the prime minister's -- members will cease in ejecting. before i call the prime minister is taken questioned unnoticed, the answer overcome in due course on notice as a member love those. the prime minister can choose to enter the other parts of the question if he wishes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the honorable member for his question, and we will certainly do, make some assumptions and sent into numbers if you would like us to do that. but i'm sure come on shore, i'm sure he can get in himself. i just say this to the honorable member. what the honorable member overlooks -- [shouting] >> to the paris conference of the party, very credible and substantial emissions targets.
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26-20% reduction from 2005, very substantial and whether measured on a per capita basis which is the only way they can resell be compared with other countries that are second only to the efficient cuts offered by brazil. but these are very substantial cuts and i recognized as such in the global community. now, the honorable member mentioned a call. the honorable member hate school. he really hates cold. the reality is, the reality is that coal is part of the energy mix of the world today and will be for many decades to come. and the world economy are moving today making less by new technology, some are building nuclear power stations or agile is building more renewables, more gases been used and cleaner coal plants being used. that in it less emissions per
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megawatt hour of energy generated. so all of those changes are happening and i'm glad the honorable member is asking this question because it gives me the opportunity to report to the house that in our meetings with the premier of china in kuala lumpur i raised the issue of the regulation, the new chinese regulations which are designed to only permit called with a relatively low sulfur content to be birth. of course, australia and call by and large had very low sulfur content relevant to chinese culprits i recognized it will never be as clean as the honorable member would like but in the world of coal, australia nicole is relatively clean. and i raise the primary the problem that the work difficulty of managing those testing any given undertaken. he gave an undertaking that you look into that and ensure that
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the problems at blockages are rectified. that will be good for australia and coal exports at good for chinese coal importers alike are i think the ottawa member for the opportunity to allow me to make this point today. >> thank you, mr. speaker. my questions host of duty minister for others. the minister for foreign affairs said and i quote we've already announced climate targets of pairs and expect those to continue. the australian reported a the prime minister will tell the paris comforts of there's scope to consider more ambitious targets. what exactly is the position of the government? >> the minister for foreign affairs. >> tried to i thank the member for his question. the prime minister reiterated in pairs into the australian newspaper that the targets of 26-28% would not be negotiated at the paris climate change conference.
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i have a mandate from the australian government that was passed by the cabinet, endorsed by the party for 26-28%. that is the target the prime minister was speaking about. he was not changing government policy. government policy remains the same and targets 26-28%. what he was referring to defend them had bothered to read the article was that it is government policy to look in 2017 at the question of his of international units. that is always been our policy. and it is also government policy to consider reviews for all countries, all countries that signed on to reducing greenhouse gas emissions reductions in five years time to get back i sat out last week an answer to a question here, that each five years we believe that country should review their targets. if they are not meeting their
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targets and they can change their actions if they're exceeding their targets can then they can raise that as well so they can be calibrated every five years. this have been government policy since august. >> thank you, mr. speaker. my question is to the minister of foreign affairs. yesterday the prime minister fail to mention the governments woefully inadequate 26-28% carbon pollution target even once in his speech to the climate consort of paris. is the government lived in for more ambitious target, or like the foreign minister, is the government saying one thing in a conference room in paris and another thing entirely in the party room in cairo? >> mr. speaker, i thank the member for her question, and the government announced its targets were the paris conference last august. publicly, there were press releases. it was, in fact, lodged with the
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u.n. it is the 26-28% reduction on 2005 levels by 2030, and the target has been the subject of many public -- it's the same policy we've had it since august. but i really do question the deputy leader, the opposition, of seeking to make something of what is a public announcement by suggesting that we say one thing in paris and another later. but the deputy leader does have form on this, you see. she so often says things that really are subject to some detailed consideration. dare i say she's been scaremongering again on the issue of climate change. now, mr. speaker, i don't -- i think -- engage in hyperbole
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when one is talking about climate change. i would never 2011 when members tried to scare the senior citizens on the central coast by setting they would be subject to the ravages of climate change. but this is rather interesting. on the fourth of november in relation to climate change, she said on radio, said on radio abc that should visited the pacific island and quote she went to see well, we're an island used to be, an island that had a high limit, a garden, fruit trees, palm trees come it is just literally disappeared into the sea. she said, literally disappeared into the sea. so that was news to me. no, certainly news to the residence of the island.
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[laughter] spent the minister of foreign affairs and those -- [shouting] >> indeed the island she said -- >> members on my right. >> has, in fact, got a residence on it. it's got, it's got a beautiful beach getaway. you can rent a bungalow for $50 a night. it's in good condition we are told. to our houses, lawns, gardens, and there are picnic tables. so it seems to me that when the deputy leader of the opposition makes a claim, people need to listen very carefully the scaremongering, exaggerating, hyperbole. and that's really -- [shouting] >> time has expired. >> for investment in australian agriculture as well as been a sensitive topic in australia and the government has weekly move to increased scrutiny on foreign
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companies that are planning to do so. it was also a rejection by the government of the sale of one property to foreign buyers. that was apparently on the advice of the foreign investment review board and the treasure was asked about that in parliament. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. my question is to the treasurer. why is the treasurer i'm going to disclose to the house with a discuss the foreign investment review board with the minister of agriculture? does the treasure stand by his previous claim that a decision to reject about was based on normal first advice? >> the treasurer has the call. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the advice is exactly in accord with the decision that i took and it was written advice, too. so, you know, that was the decision taken, mr. speaker. ministers can add as a former
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treasure he would know, talk to as many people. i di didn't talk to you becausei didn't think you have much to offer. but i canvassed widely with colleagues about the issues but my minister colleagues, cabinet colleagues and others as part of the normal process, mr. speaker. that's important because i talk to my colleagues about many issues. i've also been talking to my colleagues about the foreign investment changes that we passed and the senate last night, mr. speaker. and those changes, for example, sal reduction in the threshold for rural land and agribusinesses to ensure there was greater scrutiny we came to agricultural land and agribusinesses. you to post that, those opposite. the opposite, the opposite think it's quite okay to have the threshold, but on this side of the house we think it's quite necessary to have a close look
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at for investment in rural land and agricultural land of course and, of course, an agribusiness. and we have made changes to achieve that by those opposite think it should be carte blanche. i think i should go to the highest bidder whoever they are and they can just roll into whatever you like your that's what they think about residential real estate, too, mr. speaker. this guy but knows you need to ensure you could strong laws to protect the national interest is that you act on them and that you implement them into national interest. that's what we did on tape and. that's what we did on the laws that went through the senate last night and that's a we will do in relation to all of these investment. we will look after the national interest. i don't know what they're looking at a computer looking out for. >> the government released its long-awaited response to a review of it to health services and programs. and as such came to highlight what the government does in this space. >> the member for gilmore. >> mr. speaker, i question is to the prime minister.
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will be transferred in from the house of the vital contribution that affected mental health services make us to social and economic future? >> thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the honorable member for her question. mr. speaker, australia's greatest assets are not under the ground. they are the men and women of australia, all of us and the rest of our 23 million brilliant australians. our greatest asset is our human capital. and through their talents, their enterprise, their capacity to find new and better ways of doing things through their imagination. and that is why mental health is such a significant issue for the health and well being of australians and their families, but also for how we perform as an economy. that nothing diminishes the human capital of australia more than mental health. nothing diminishes what
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professor tiki called the mental wealth of our nation, then that. the debilitating impact of mental illness. unlike other chronic and degenerative diseases which we focus on with billions and compassion and great attention, mental illness often strike at the prime of a person's life. often strikes before they have even properly commenced adulthood. currently the cost of mental illness is estimated to be 4% of gdp in developed countries. the commonwealth alone spends $10 billion a year on mental health, at around 60% of this isn't welfare support services. it is absolutely vital we deliver mental health services in a manner that is agile, flexible, and long come and use of 21st century technology. and so today with the minister
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for health we released the government's response to the national mental health commission to review of mental health programs and services. our response is about delivering a modern 21st century mental health system. it puts the individual at the center of the mental health system. it provides a real choice and contestability of mental health services. our priority as a government is on jobs and growth. it's on ensuring our children and our grandchildren have better jobs in the future, more jobs and better jobs, greater opportunities, more investment, more enterprise. we know that our economic output is a function of participation, population and put a to b. mental illness diminishes participation and the diminishes productivity. is estimated around 37% of people affected by mental ill health are either unemployed or not in the labor force.
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this mental health program that we have announced today, these changes, these recommendations we have adopted will strongly contribute to ensuring that we have the jobs and growth that australia deserves. >> thank you, mr. speaker. they question to the minister for health. what is the government doing to ensure that people living with mental illness get the right type of care at the right time? >> the minister for health. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker, and can i think the member for his question about the government's key structural reforms in mental health service delivery. i westerplatte to join the prime minister, the chair of the national mental health commission is willing to talk about what was called a breakthrough. the government, the federal government --
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[shouting] >> mental health reform -- [shouting] >> the member for dick and put the member is ward. >> is always a sad when the opposition plays politics over subject as important as mental health. [shouting] because i know that many people listening are actually interested in what these reforms are, i will just keep talking to i will try to ignore those interventions. so for the first time service delivery will be tailored to the consumer and their needs, depending on whether our on a spectrum often called -- so this is only to a set of steps that you start at the bottom and finished up the topic what this means is that whatever your needs are dependent on the steps that you were on, you should receive them. so coming back to what professor tiki said, he put it very well this one race is not about me.
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as a clinician were i may want to practice and what i want want to give my jackrabbit location the -- geographic location. it's about whether consumerism what they're entitled to what they can access. one of the key benefits is it will actually see professional resources come away from our capital cities and into our agencies. with the regional contracting commission that will be done through the primary health network will actually pick up on what local needs are. and the consumer advisory committees of primary health network levels will be informing the model for informing best practice and making sure that those who have up until now been missing out receive the care that they need. such as people discharged from acute mental health facilities who fall through the cracks. every time. discharge from an acute episode into nothing at all. they will have an individualized care package.
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they will have something and someone to wrap the resources are bound been. digital transformation will mean that one digital mental health gateway will exist for everyone. help right here right now when you need it at the time that you needed. for example, a young person at 2 a.m., an older person with normal phone lines have closed. it would be a voice at the end of the phone navigating your way through a complex system. mr. speaker, we are delighted that $10 billion which the federal government advocates for primary metal health care will finally be used come every single cent of it, to the end point of looking after the consumer, they care, th that thy should come with a person on a difficult journey. >> the high cost of childcare is another big issue for australian families particularly in the suburbs and the government has been keen to ensure that parents
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are able to into -- were into the workforce as soon as possible. as such the government has released a shakeup of the services and assistance it provides. but as with any shakeup the are people who are better off and some who are worse off. the opposition wanted to know who it was that was going to end up with less. >> thank you, mr. speaker. my question is to the minister of vocational education and skills. when will the government release a detailed modeling of its childcare package that shows will be worse off, including how many families that rely on grandparents were childcare will is access to the registered childcare benefit? does this modeling and could impact on childcare of a 15%? >> the leader of the house will
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cease interjecting. >> i think the member for her question, and i must say this government understands the importance of childcare. we are committed to high quality child care for australian families and we understand the importance of the contribution that's made by grandparents to fulfilling important childcare needs. that's why this government is investing heavily in childcare, almost $40 billion in childcare over the next four years, including an additional $3 billion, an additional $3 billion in funding, mr. speaker. this is the single largest investment in early learning and child care that this country has ever seen, mr. speaker. we are targeting to support parents. it is vitally important that childcare is accessible, the childcare is affordablaffordabl e, that childcare is sufficiently flexible to meet the needs of parents. we want to ensure that childcare
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to meet the needs of australians in the 21st century, particularly those families who are seeking to transition often come support into the world of work, mr. speaker. it is very difficult. it is very difficult, mr. speaker to get back into the workforce if you can't have the childcare support that you need to do that mr. speaker. from the first of july, a single childcare subsidy will make it easier, mr. speaker, for parents to navigate. childcare will be more affordable. families will be better off. those families incomes between 65,170,000 a year we'll on average be $30 a week better off, mr. speaker. that is $1500 in $1500 a year, mr. speaker. and childcare will be more flexible. we on the site of the house understand the import of flexibility. that's what we got the new nanny pilot program that's going help
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workers particularly to work unusual hours such as shift workers, particularly those people in remote and regional locations where they are not been easy access to childcare facilities, mr. speaker. we have the $869 million child care safety net which recognizes that vulnerable children and families need extra support, mr. speaker. we are a government that understands the need of this nation's, families and relationship child care. that's why we're putting in place those sort of policy that will provide flexible, affordable childcare for parents and grandparents. >> the member for herbert. >> yeah. [laughter] >> my question is for social services. i have a mobile population. my constituents are asking me how we can make save face


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