Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Statements by Members
Australian Paper Industry
Is it just that it is Christmas? Is it just Christmas that would see Penny Wong and Eric Abetz waltzing down the corridors of power in hilarious comradery—or is it something else? Is it just Christmas that would see Dennis Jensen arm in arm with Malcolm Turnbull, rollicking together as one over climate change—or is it something else? Is it just Christmas that would see the clerks and the stewards of the House lined up in the Speaker's corridor, arms over shoulders in the throes of Zorba the Greekor is it something else? Is it just Christmas that would see Tania Plibersek and Julie Bishop in lock-step, kicking their heels high to the chorus of New York, New Yorkor is it something else? It is just Christmas that would see Clive Palmer, Adam Bandt and Cory Bernardi in three-part harmony singing We Three Kings of Orient Areor is it something else?
No, it is not Christmas. Of course, of course—they have all just opened a ream of Australian-made paper! Merry Christmas to everyone who makes Australian paper, and a special Christmas thankyou to all the parliamentary support staff, without whom we could not do our job.