Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2017; Third Reading
We have been waiting eight months for the minister on the other side of the House to bring this bill back into the chamber so we can pass good laws in this parliament that have bipartisan support. The bipartisan support comes for Labor amendments that were moved in the other place and that for the first time in this country would allow serious gun traffickers to be put away for life. They were amendments moved by Labor senators, and they were voted for by your political parties. But, because of the petulance of the minister who sits opposite me, we have not had the opportunity to pass these laws. What your minister is doing—and you can go back to your electorates and talk to your constituents about this—is inserting into this bill something he knows that Labor will not accept.