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Terri Butler

Terri Butler
Terri Butler is the federal Labor Member for Griffith, Queensland.

Articles by Terri Butler

Reform is not dead, you’re just doing it wrong

All those who are handwringing should take heart. Australia is not “ungovernable”. Reform is not dead. You are just doing it wrong. There’s a theory around that no modern government can get the public support it needs to pursue reform. … Read More

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Why the rush? The complex reality of telecommunications data retention

The Abbott government has a bill before the Parliament to require phone and internet companies to retain everyone’s telecommunications data for two years. The Prime Minister Mr Abbott has made public statements linking data retention to national security, and insisting … Read More

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Prospects for a progressive agenda

This article was co-authored by Terri Butler MP and Andrew Giles MP.  20 years ago, Blur’s Damon Albarn sang: ‘I’m a professional cynic, but my heart’s not in it.’ He was singing about a retreat from the world of commerce … Read More

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Families must come before profits

Every Australian family should be concerned about the proposed GP and Hospital tax. It’s an assault on Australia’s world-class universal healthcare system, Medicare. But the proposal’s also fraught with problems for families whether they use bulk-billing services or not. It … Read More

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An Australian Republic is Back on the Cards

In England there’s a taxpayer-funded celebrity family welcoming a new addition to their brood. In Queensland a breathless Premier speaks to journalists of the government’s deliberations as to how to celebrate. This important matter will be discussed at Cabinet; the … Read More

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Discrimination law could change corporate culture, if only there was access to justice

Public companies take their disclosure obligations very seriously. The risks of attention from the regulator, and shareholder class actions, make companies extremely careful about the information they provide to the market. Companies know that investors who have suffered loss may … Read More

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