Thursday, 3 June 2021
Member for Bowman
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Sydney from moving the following motion immediately—That the House:
(a) the Member for Bowman has failed to stand down as Chair of the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training, despite pledging he would;
(b) for more than two months the Prime Minister has failed to do anything about that;
(c) the Prime Minister's failure to act on this matter tells you everything about how much this Prime Minister really listens to women; and
(d) the Member for Bowman's continued presence in this chamber and as Chair of the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training is a blight on the Prime Minister's record; and
(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to discharge the Member for Bowman from the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training immediately.
This Prime Minister is running a perv protection racket. What does it take to get the sack in this guy's government?
I am a member of this committee, I believe the second-longest running member after the member for Bowman. I'm deeply concerned as a member of this committee. Just this week the committee meeting was cancelled with absolutely no notice and no communication to the other members of the committee as to why. I inquired with the secretariat, to find that the chair cancelled the meeting simply because he was awaiting a new inquiry from the relevant minister.
We are in the middle of an inquiry. I find that this committee is becoming dysfunctional, and I would urge the member for Bowman to consider the needs of the parliament and the needs of the committee over his own personal needs. I would ask him to stand aside as chair, and I would ask the Prime Minister to please consider the position of a number of members of the committee. We must do good work on this committee, and it has not been done for much of this year. Thank you.