Tuesday, 8 August 2023
Questions without Notice: Additional Answers
Uluru Statement from the Heart
I rise to add to an answer that I gave earlier today. During question time, I said:
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'.
Those words were said by another, and Senator Cash agreed with them, but the order of the conversation was as follows.
Senator Cash was a guest on the Sky News Bernardi program, hosted by former Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, on 30 April 2023, where Mr Bernardi said:
… if we put the voice into the Constitution … we're effectively announcing an apartheid type state …
In response to the monologue in which Mr Bernardi made that statement, Senator Cash said, amongst other comments:
Cory you summed it up in one, Mr Albanese is asking the Australian people to put in place a constitutional right to make representations for a very small group of people in Australia, less than 4% of the population, to make representations to the Parliament and to the executive on any matter that concerns them. And this is a right that no other Australian will have.
She went on to say, later, in the interview:
… what is more offensive is asking Australians to divide each other on the basis of race.