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DOWNER'S JOB WITH GIBRALTAR TAX HAVEN NOT A GOOD LOOK

22 October 2020 Independent Senator Rex Patrick today called into question the appropriateness of former Foreign Minister and Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, taking a job as a...
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AUSTRALIA CAN’T TURN A BLIND EYE TO HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE IN THE SHADOW OF BEIJING OLYMPIC STADIUM

19 October 2020 Independent Rex Patrick has made a submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee in response to a letter to the Committee by the President of the...
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TIME TO WRAP UP AND REVIEW AUSTRALIA’S MILITARY COMMITMENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

14 October 2020 Independent Senator Rex Patrick today renewed his call for Australia to wrap up its military commitments in the Middle East and refocus more on our region. He also called...
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AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO NEW FOREIGN RELATIONS LAWS

9 October 2020 Independent Senator Rex Patrick will move an amendment to the Federal Government’s new foreign relations legislation to ensure the activities of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) are consistent with Australia’s...
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CALLS FINALLY ANSWERED TO ESTABLISH CENTRE FOR AUGMENTED REASONING

8 October 2020   Calls for the establishment of a Centre for Augmented Reasoning (CAR) have finally been answered, with the Government announcing $20 million for the University of Adelaide's Australian Institute of Machine Learning...
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AUSTRALIA MUST BOYCOTT THE BEIJING WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

8 October 2020   Independent Senator Rex Patrick has called for Australia to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.  “The Australian Government needs to move without delay to announce an Australian...
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TRANSMISSION TOWERS TO BE MADE IN WHYALLA USING LOCAL STEEL

7 October 2020   After intense lobbying from independent Senator Rex Patrick, the Government has included $15 millions dollars of funding in the Budget to assist in setting up a steel processing and galvanising...
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VEHICLE MANUFACTURING TO RETURN TO SA

7 October 2020   Vehicle manufacturing will now return to SA after strong advocacy by independent Senator Rex Patrick. $5 million has been allocated in the Budget to support electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing...
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PATRICK AND HANSON-YOUNG JOINT STATEMENT ON UNI FEE HIKES AND CENTRE ALLIANCE

5 October 2020   South Australian Senators Sarah Hanson-Young and Rex Patrick are calling on their fellow South Australian MPs Rebekah Sharkie and Stirling Griff to reject the Morrison Government’s cruel university...
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CALL FOR JCPAA’S AUDITOR GENERAL FUNDING RECOMMENDATION TO BE MADE PUBLIC AS THE PM PREPARES FOR ‘SPORTS RORTS’ PAYBACK

1 October 2020 In the face of a damaging shortfall in the upcoming budget allocation to the Auditor-General, independent senator Rex Patrick has called on the Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Accounts...
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AUSTRALIA MUST BAN PRODUCTS PRODUCED BY UYGHUR FORCED LABOUR

25 September 2020   Independent Senator Rex Patrick today called on the Australian Government to ban the importation of products from Xinjiang and other parts of China that are produced in whole...
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GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS SHAPING UP TO BE AN ECONOMIC HOUSE OF CARDS

10 September 2020   Independent Senator Rex Patrick has called on the Federal Government to reform the way taxpayer funded infrastructure projects are contracted so that the full economic stimulus benefits of its post-COVID-19...
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THE TIME FOR GOVERNMENT TO BACK ELECTRIC VEHICLES HAS COME

9 September 2020   On World Electric Vehicle Day, Independent South Australian Senator Rex Patrick has called on the Federal and South Australian Governments to embrace the opportunity to bring vehicle manufacturing...
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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD END CHINESE COMMUNIST XINHUA NEWS AGENCY OPERATIONS IN AUSTRALIA

8 September 2020   Independent South Australian Senator Rex Patrick today called on the Australian Government to end the presence in Australia of Chinese state-controlled media organisations. "Given the forced departure of...
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PREMIER MARSHALL'S CANDIDATE FOR LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL PRESIDENT MUST PROVIDE FULL TRANSPARENCY

7 September 2020   South Australian independent Senator Rex Patrick has called on SA Premier Steven Marshall to require his Assistant Minister Jing Lee to provide a full account of her dealings...
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MURRAY-DARLING WATER BUYBACKS CRUCIAL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RECOVERY

4 September 2020   "The Coalition Government's decision to rule out water buybacks for the Murray-Darling River is a major setback for the environment, non-irrigation stakeholders and the health of South Australia's most...
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SA PREMIER MUST FULLY DISCLOSE CHINA DEALING

28 August 2020   South Australian Independent Senator Rex Patrick has called on SA Premier Steven Marshall to provide a full account of his Government's dealings with China's Consulate-General in Adelaide and China’s...
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#WATERGATE VALUATIONS REVEALED AFTER LENGTHY TRANSPARENCY BATTLE

18 August 2020   Previously secret valuation documents obtained by Independent Senator Rex Patrick reveal the taxpayer paid almost double the nominal value and well above an independent valuer’s maximum recommended price...
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SA GOVERNMENT MUST REVIEW RELATIONS WITH CHINA

17 August 2020   Senator Rex Patrick today called on the South Australian Government to undertake a comprehensive review of its relations China including contacts with the Chinese Consulate-General in Adelaide.  "Rigorous scrutiny...
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‘EXTREME’ ESPIONAGE THREAT: CHINA’S CONSULATE-GENERAL IN ADELAIDE SHOULD BE CLOSED

16 August 2020   South Australian Senator Rex Patrick has expressed alarm in relation to the ‘extreme’ espionage threat to vital Defence industries in South Australia and has called for the closure...
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GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BUY INTO RESILIENCE

14 August 2020   Senator Rex Patrick is calling on the Government to buy into its own cyber security and supply chain resilience requirements for Australian Businesses. This call follows the Government's...
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WARNING TO AUSTRALIA POST: DELIVER LETTERS EVERY BUSINESS DAY OR LOSE MONOPOLY PRIVILEGE

11 August 2020   South Australian Senator Rex Patrick has signalled he will advocate for Australia Post to lose its legislative monopoly on letter delivery in Australia if it doesn't continue its legislated obligation...
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REX GOES INDEPENDENT

10 August 2020   Senator Rex Patrick has announced that he will represent South Australia as an independent senator.  "After careful consideration, I have decided that I will continue to represent SA...
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ACTION REQUIRED TO PROTECT AUSTRALIA’S POWER GRID FROM FOREIGN DISRUPTION

2 August 2020   South Australian Senator Rex Patrick has called on the Australian Government to undertake a comprehensive review of the involvement of Chinese owned, controlled or influenced companies in Australia’s electric...
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STRONG AUSMIN STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF TAIWAN WELCOMED

29 July 2020   South Australian Senator Rex Patrick today welcomed the strong support for Taiwan expressed by both the Australian and United States Governments at the AUSMIN consultations held in Washington...
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MANDATORY QUARANTINING FOR MPs TO PERMIT PARLIAMENTARY SITTINGS

28 July 2020   In the context of the sadly continuing COVID-19 situation in Victoria, South Australian Senator Rex Patrick has called on the Federal Government to move without delay to determine conditions for Federal Parliament...
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RESCHEDULE PARLIAMENT OR CUT OUR PAY

21 July 2020   South Australian Senator Rex Patrick has called for the pay of Federal MPs and Senators to be docked by $1,000 for every scheduled sitting day which gets cancelled,...
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WATER PURCHASING FIASCO

16 July 2020   Senator Patrick and Rebekha Sharkie MP have expressed serious concerns about the Government’s handling of Murray-Darling Basin strategic water purchases and have called for a significant shake-up in Commonwealth water management. "This...
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CALL TO REDUCE CHINESE DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR PRESENCE IN AUSTRALIA

15 July 2020   South Australian Senator Rex Patrick today called on the Australian Government to force a large reduction in China’s diplomatic and consular presence in Australia. “Australian national security concerns require the...
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DEFENCE STRATEGIC REVIEW WELCOME BUT QUESTIONS REMAIN

1 July 2020   Senator Rex Patrick has responded to the Coalition’s Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan, pointing out that the announcements generate as many questions as they answer. He also notes...
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PARLIAMENT TO CHOOSE NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITY SITE Prime Agricultural Land or Remote and Secure Woomera Prohibited Area?

10 June 2020   Senator Rex Patrick has revealed today that he will move amendments to the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Bill to allow for the selection of the Woomera Prohibited Area...
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REPLACEMENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INQURY WELCOMED

1 June 2020   Senator Rex Patrick has welcomed an announcement from the Government that a new inquiry will replace the botched Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence 'with particular reference to violence...
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ALL THE PRIME MINISTER'S PREMIERS Scott Morrison's New National Cabinet Power Grab Likely To Be A Raw Deal For The States

1 June 2020   Senator Rex Patrick today cautioned that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s National Cabinet, which brings State Premiers together underneath him rather than alongside him, will significantly weaken the position of...
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STRATEGIC OIL RESERVE FARCE Secret ‘Arrangement’, No Scrutiny, No Guarantee, Questionable Financing Arrangements, Fuel Security Review on the Back-burner

27 May 2020   Senator Rex Patrick has again questioned the value and reliability of the Morrison Government’s ‘Arrangement’ with US President Trump’s administration on access to strategic oil reserves, and raised...
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60 BILLION REASONS TO RELEASE TREASURY MODELLING

24 May 2020   Senator Rex Patrick has called on Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to immediately release Treasury JobKeeper modelling after the Government committed the biggest accounting error in Australia’s public administration history."Treasury...
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INQUIRY FAILS AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC

19 May 2020   Senator Rex Patrick has strongly criticised the Senate Committee charged with the responsibility of conducting an inquiry into domestic violence with particular regard to violence against women and...
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COALITION AND LABOR BAULK AT DEBATE ON CHINA SENATE INQUIRY

13 May 2020   Senator Rex Patrick had prepared a speech for debate in the Senate on Thursday, 14 May, on his proposal to establish a wide-ranging inquiry into Australia’s future relations...
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REX SECURES FAIRER APPROACH FOR AIRPORT SECURITY COSTS

13 May 2020   In response to more than two years of pressure, culminating in a disallowance motion tonight in the Senate, the Government has foreshadowed a new approach to airport security...
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TIME TO END OIL AND GAS UNCERTAINTY IN THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT

12 May 2020   Senator Rex Patrick will today move amendments to the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Storage Act 2006 to prevent oil and gas companies being granted perpetual extensions to exploration licences...
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PM'S COVID-19 INQUIRY HYPOCRISY AS PM ASKS CHINA TO OPEN UP, THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT PULLS DOWN THE LOCAL SHUTTERS

30 April 2020   Senator Rex Patrick has criticised Prime Minister Morrison for being hypocritical in demanding China to open up on its COVID-19 response whilst his own department has refused to open up on Australia's...
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SENATE INQUIRY INTO AUSTRALIA-CHINA RELATIONS

29 April 2020   Senator Rex Patrick will renew his push for the Senate to establish a wide-ranging inquiry into Australia’s future relationship with China.  “Chinese Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye’s explicit...
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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS MUST PREFERENCE AUSSIE COMPANIES AS PART OF COVID-19 RECOVERY

17 April 2020   Senator Rex Patrick has called on the Federal Government to leverage its procurement policy to directly support Australian businesses and build national self-reliance in response to the COVID-19 crisis....
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REGIONAL EXPRESS COVID-19 TACTICS A DISGRACE

17 April 2019   Senator Rex Patrick has labelled Regional Express’ (REX) use of the COVID-19 crisis to force long term airport agreements on local council a disgrace. “I don’t know what...
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COVID-19 EXPOSES FAILURES OF SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS

9 April 2020   "Whilst the Government does deserve some credit for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the reality is that successive Australian Governments have led to us being caught...
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PLANNING FOR POST-PANDEMIC RECOVERY MUST START NOW

30 March 2020   Senator Rex Patrick has called on the Federal Government to commence work on a recovery and nation-building program to roll out after the coronavirus pandemic ends. "The Morrison Government has...
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STATEMENT ON SENATOR PATRICK'S COVID-19 SELF-ISOLATION AND TESTING

18 March 2020   In response to multiple requests to provide an update on my health status following my contact with Senator Bragg I make the following statement:I attended a Senate Committee...
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TIME TO MOBILISE THE MEDICAL RESERVES: STUDENT DOTORS AND NURSES SHOULD BE READIED TO REINFORCE OUR HEALTH WORKFORCE

18 March 2020   South Australian Senator Rex Patrick has called on Australian Governments and universities to move urgently to mobilise medical and nursing students to form an auxiliary health workforce to reinforce what...
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MORRISON GOVERNMENT DRAGGING FEET ON EUROPE ENTRY BAN DECISION

14 March 2020   Senator Rex Patrick today called on the Morrison Government to move without further delay to impose entry bans on foreign travellers from Europe as a further measure to...
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TRANSPARENCY AND HONESTY REQUIRED ON GOVERNMENT PROJECTIONS OF CORONAVIRUS SPREAD

11 March 2020   South Australian Senator Rex Patrick has called on the Australian Government to publish its current modelling and projections of the likely spread of the coronavirus in Australia.  “Many...
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'SMOKE AND MIRRORS' FROM MORRISON GOVERNMENT ON FUEL RESERVES

9 March 2020   "News that Minister Taylor is in the US to sign up to relying on the US for Australia’s fuel security is an abrogation of our international agreement to...
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SENATE SUPPORTS ESTABLISHMENT OF INQUIRY INTO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

26 February 2020   Senator Rex Patrick has welcomed the Senate's decision to support an inquiry into domestic violence. The inquiry will examine the existing programs undertaken and funded by the Australian Government, state...
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SENATE PUSH FOR ACTION TO PREVENT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN

24 February 2020   Senator Rex Patrick today announced that he will seek to establish an urgent Senate inquiry to pressure all levels of Australian Government to take further action and commit...
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REGIONAL AIRPORT SECURITY SCREENING SET TO KILL OFF REGIONAL ROUTES

21 February 2020   New documents obtained under FOI by Senator Rex Patrick reveal that regional air fares will increase to the point where many routes will simply get closed down if...
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RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY DECISION REQUIRES CLOSE SCRUTINY

1 February 2020   "Today's decision by the Federal Government to select Napandee near Kimba as the site for a new National Radioactive Waste Management Facility must be properly scrutinised by the...
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AUSTRALIA'S BORDER RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS IS INADEQUATE

28  January 2020   With updates on the coronavirus confirming that the situation in China and internationally is worsening, Senator Rex Patrick today warned that the Morrison Government approach to protecting Australians...
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ATTORNEY-GENERAL FAILS ON ‘ALAN JOHNS’ SECRECY CASE: Senate inquiry into national security and the courts required

19 December 2019   The Attorney-General, Christian Porter MP, has provided an answer to a question on notice asked by Senator Rex Patrick concerning the secret trial and conviction of the former...
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SENATOR PATRICK SECURES EXTRA MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR VETERANS

6 December 2019   Veteran access to psychological and psychiatric services has been significantly improved after advocacy by Senator Rex Patrick to Government during the passage of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Single...
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NSW GOVERNMENT'S PETULANCE FURTHER JEOPARDISES THE MURRAY-DARLING

4 December 2019   Senator Patrick notes with disappointment statements being made by the New South Wales Deputy Premier threatening to pull out of the basin plan unless a number of demands...
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TIME TO END FOREIGN INFLUENCE TRANSPARENCY EXEMPTION FOR MPs

18 November 2019   Senator Rex Patrick is pushing to enact a Parliamentary Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme to end the exemption that allows MPs and their staff to not disclose their connections...
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ONE RULE FOR THEM, NO RULE FOR US: Coalition and Labor combine to shield Ministers from security checks

11 November 2019   South Australian Senator Rex Patrick today condemned both major parties opposition to Centre Alliance’s push to end the longstanding exemption of Federal Ministers from security checks.        ...
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AUSSIE TRANSMISSION TOWERS MUST USE AUSSIE STEEL

7 November 2019   Senator Rex Patrick has called on Federal and State Governments to work together to make sure Australian steel is used in all new high voltage transmission towers built around...
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RIVER IN CRISIS, FARMERS IN CRISIS, FOOD BOWL IN CRISIS

28 October 2019   Senator Rex Patrick has called on the Prime Minister to intervene as the National Party 'big irrigator, big money' policies destroy the Murray-Darling River system, harm our farmers...
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DISGRACEFUL!!! ATO WHISTLEBLOWER CUT LOOSE BY INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF TAXATION

20 October 2019   Senator Rex Patrick is calling on the Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT) and the Government to remedy the disgraceful act of cutting a whistleblower loose after he was walked out...
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TIME TO WIND DOWN AUSTRALIA'S MILITARY COMMITMENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

16 October 2019   In a speech to the Senate last night, Senator Rex Patrick called for Australia to wind down its military commitments in the Middle East and refocus more on our...
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