On Wednesday 27 November Michael gave a speech on the government's bill to create a six-hour public holiday on Christmas Eve. He used the speech as an opportunity to call for Australia and Queensland to move towards a four day working week.Read more
On Tuesday 22 October 2019, Michael gave a speech on the government's Civil Liability and Other Legislation Amendment Bill. Michael had separately introduced his own Private Members Bill called Civil Liability (Institutional Child Abuse) Amendment Bill 2018.
On 22 October 2019, just before debate on the government's bill commenced, the government announced that they would amend their own Bill to include some key changes which Michael had proposed in his Bill. This was a significant win for survivors and advocates, and it's thanks to their hard work over many years.
You can read the speech below or in the official Queensland Parliament Record of Proceedings (Hansard), or watch it HERE.
Proper resourcing for of cross-bench MPs is important for democracy.
Cross bench MPs play a vital role in our democracy. On 22 October 2019, Michael gave a speech calling for adequate resourcing for cross-bench MPs. As of October 2019, the government has 217 staff, the Opposition has 22, and the cross bench has none. The speech focussed on a motion proposing to take cross bench resourcing out of the hands of the Premier and put it into the hands of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal.Read more
On Wednesday 16 October Michael spoke in the Parliament about the work he has been doing in conjunction with the Mt Coot-tha Protection Alliance Inc to let the community have a say in the future of the Mt Coot-tha Quarry.
Contribution to the Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
On Wednesday 18 September, Michael spoke on the Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019, supporting the broader protection the proposed legislation entails but criticising those opposite him in the house who fail to accept the underpinning empiricism outlining the grim future projections of the reef's health.Read more
On Wednesday 18 September, Michael posed a question to the Premier concerning the Global Climate Strike, specifically whether she would openly support public servants that had decided to participate in the forthcoming Brisbane event. Her response afforded the proper credence to the direct causation of climate change and an increasing rate of natural disasters, but disappointingly opted to request that those interested in attending do so within the allotted break hours of their work schedule - highlighting an ignorance to both the principles of civil protest and the magnitude of climate change.Read more
On Thursday 22 August, Michael commented on the Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019, citing that although it rightfully acknowledges that detaining children is undesirable in all circumstances, it does not adequately protect the liberties of the child from neither the point of criminal justice proceedings or following.Read more
On Tuesday 20 August, Michael spoke on the Appropriation Bill, expressing his concerns regarding a number of issues associated with the estimates hearings and voicing his dismay at the lack of accountability embedded in the process.Read more