House debates

Wednesday, 22 March 2023


Safeguard Mechanism (Crediting) Amendment Bill 2022; Second Reading

6:03 pm

Photo of Sam RaeSam Rae (Hawke, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

Thank you, Deputy Speaker. Sometimes, you turn the telly on, and New Zealand is playing a one-day game against Bangladesh. The lights are on, and it might be on the other side of the world, and you can't tell whether it's happening now or at some distant point in the past. I think viewers at home, Australians who are watching this debate in this chamber, when they're watching the Liberal and National parties stand up and prosecute the ridiculous points that they were running 10 years ago under Tony Abbott as their key arguments against addressing climate change, are rightly going to wonder which decade they are living through. (Quorum formed)For the benefit of the members opposite, I can absolutely assure you that, when it comes to this piece of legislation, Parliament House is full of government members—Labor members—who will come in as many times as you need them to come in who are willing to keep this House alive, despite all of the interjections and the disruptions of this parliament that you are seeking to provide, in order to ensure that we get this important legislation through, so you can carry on like petulant pork chops as long as you like.

We'll keep showing up. We know how important this piece of legislation is to the Australian economy and Australian jobs, and to dealing with the challenge you have left our country after a decade of inaction and incompetence. We'll keep coming in, so you can call as many quorum counts as you like, you can move that the speaker no longer be heard and you can continue to disrupt the parliament in your petty, petulant way as much as you like.


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