House debates

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Constituency Statements


11:35 am

Photo of Patrick GormanPatrick Gorman (Perth, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

And I think it is disgraceful that the Attorney-General has decided to join forces with Clive Palmer—Clive Palmer, of all people! They're going to the High Court together to tear down the Western Australian border, putting the business interests of Clive Palmer—and I know that Clive Palmer employs a lot of people for the Liberal National Party in Queensland—ahead of the health interests of Western Australians. It is disgraceful!

But back to the businesses in my electorate: they had some very good, practical ideas about what should happen for the businesses of Western Australia to continue to survive this terrible pandemic. They said we should bring forward infrastructure and construction spending. Good idea! They said we should have more federal funding for social housing. These are businesses saying they want to see more federal funding for social housing! They said that we should properly fund arts organisations, not just now but into the future. They said we should do more to promote local manufacturing capacity. And there were suggestions that we should put Western Australia forward to be a renewable energy leader. They said: 'Be bold. Have ideas that actually grow our economy. Take advantage of the goodwill that does come from Western Australia towards those who are trying to tackle this pandemic, but the ridiculous suggestion— (Time expired)


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