Statement on election as Chair of Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications
I look forward to serving alongside my colleagues on this key Senate Committee.
The Senate Committee structure has been a bedrock of Australian democracy since its establishment 50 years ago.
Senate Committees are synonymous with the type of transparency, and scrutiny Australians expect from their democratic institutions.
In my role as Chair, I am looking forward to shepherding legislation on a broad array of issues ranging from media and communications, emissions reduction and support for the arts.
Over the next decade, many of the major economic policy challenges arise from communications, technology and environment sectors.
Big Tech companies have an incredibly deep reach into our lives and our economy. More regulation on Big Tech is inevitable and irresistible.
I also very interested in oversight of public broadcasters. The ABC is an important national institution which I strongly support. I want the ABC to be its impartial and professional best.
I look forward to working with all colleagues in this new role.