Tuesday, 8 August 2023
Questions without Notice
Uluru Statement from the Heart
Well, the scare campaign is running out of steam. It's like a deflated whoopee cushion! It has made a loud noise and it's a bit uncomfortable, but then they've just moved on and on from one thing to the other. We've had a range of them. The Leader of the Opposition said that the Voice will re-racialise our nation. He's seemingly unaware of the racial provisions that are in the current Constitution—seemingly unaware.
The former Deputy Prime Minister went one further, and said this—
And there have been a few! But there's only one of them who would have said this because, you know the old saying—
Honourable members interjecting—
This is what he said: 'The Voice will be a delineation of people and their rights. The Civil Service Act of Germany in 1933—
The Uluru statement, on the one page, says:
We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.
Well, we're in the post-truth world over there. Indeed, Senator Cash tried to up the Barnaby Joyce comment and said, 'if we put the voice into the Constitution … we're effectively announcing an apartheid type state'. That is what they have had to say. The deputy leader said that the Voice can take a view on everything, from submarines to parking tickets.
The Leader of the Opposition—this might go to why he's objecting here—said this to justify his opposition: 'It's not just the Voice. It's about truth-telling.' That got them worried over there. Senator Hanson said that it would turn the Northern Territory into an Aboriginal black state.
Mr Speaker, my question is to you, as to whether you will rule this particular contribution out of order. It is clearly out of order, Mr Speaker, and it is defying your earlier remarks. I haven't finished—
Mr Speaker, for the benefit of the House, the question was this: Does the Prime Minister remain committed to a national treaty, as called for in the Uluru Statement from the Heart? It was nothing beyond that. Can this Prime Minister answer a question honestly or not? Mr Speaker, can you please provide a ruling as to whether he is in order or not?
Mr Speaker, I simply draw your attention to the fact that a point of order on direct relevance can only be raised once. The Leader of the Opposition knew that and decided to use a point of order for the purpose of making a speech, which he knew was out of order.
Mr Speaker, I simply also raise a point for the Speaker. This is something that doesn't happen during question time, but if questions to the Speaker are asked they're asked at the end of question time and on administrative matters.
Thanks, Mr Speaker. The Leader of the Opposition in his statement made reference to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which was in the question. The member for New England actually said in May that this might be the last budget we have if this craziness got up; there are not going to be any budgets. Perhaps the Leader of the Opposition might want to think about this statement:
… the Prime Minister's obsession with the Voice means that he's taken his eye off the ball when it comes to economic policy …
There are no economic questions in here. We know who's obsessed—just them. (Time expired)