Archive | Parliamentary Debates

Electronic Collars

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP):  I, too, thank Christine Grahame for bringing the debate to the chamber. Nanette Milne referred to the appropriate use of electronic dog collars, but in my opinion there is no such thing. I know that the jury is out on electronic dog collars, but as far as I am concerned any […]

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Mental Health

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP):  I welcome the minister to his new post. I sincerely hope that he and I can have a dialogue about mental health. There is a stigma around mental ill health. It is unfortunate, but the stigma exists and we need to recognise that. The question is how we move forward. Legislation […]

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Deaf Children (Educational Disadvantage)

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP):  I thank Kenneth Gibson for bringing this debate to the chamber, and I welcome our guests in the public gallery. I suggest that this debate is not only about them and their aspirations but about how we as politicians can—I hope—meet their needs. Kenneth Gibson was right to say that being […]

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Smith Commission

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP):  Alex Rowley mentioned Donald Dewar and the fact that we are on a journey. I agree. Devolution from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament is part of that journey; the devolution from the Scottish Parliament to local government is a journey that is also taking place. When some members mentioned the devolution […]

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Referendum Debate

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP):  I heard Ross Martin of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry say this morning that the UK and Scottish Governments should work together. My understanding is that Scotland did not stop working with the Westminster Government. Perhaps that Government had closed its ears to the needs of Scotland and Scotland’s […]

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Asylum Seekers and Refugees

 Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP): The debate has been interesting and consensual. We have heard that we have many more questions and hurdles and that we might not fully realise yet the complexity of what we face. I was interested to hear Mark McDonald’s speech. He offered the minister some advice, which perhaps had merit. […]

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Women and Work

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP): It would appear that occupational segregation and inequality have happened since the SNP Government came to power in 2007.Inequality and occupational segregation have been around for a long time. As Christine Grahame was suggesting, what is needed is a cultural shift. It is not just policies that need to change, […]

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Size 10 Models and Mannequins

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP): I am pleased to bring this debate to the chamber this evening. I welcome to the public gallery members of the public who have an interest in the debate, and I welcome those who are following the debate online. It is fitting that this debate comes soon after Jackie Baillie’s […]

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Community Transport

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP): For the first part of my speech, I will take the unusual step of not speaking about my constituency. First of all, however, I want to congratulate Alex Johnstone on the informative and educational journey that he is continuing to take through the committee’s evidence-taking sessions. I applaud him. Just […]

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Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP): Sometimes in the north-east we have an ability to understate achievement. With regard to Sir Ian Wood’s interim report maybe I should say the local loon has done nae bad. That is quite a credit for a Doric loon. When I read the report’s recommendations, I wondered whether Sir Ian […]

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