Senate debates

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Motions

Gun Control

12:09 pm

Photo of Lee RhiannonLee Rhiannon (NSW, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I seek leave to make some remarks for two minutes.

Leave granted.

I was interested to hear the remarks of the earlier speaker. The motion that we have before us takes into account a number of matters with regard to the worrying trend where we are seeing gun culture becoming increasingly dominant within Australia. Sadly, this was demonstrated in quite an ugly way in the New South Wales parliament last night, when the Shooters and Fishers Party MP Robert Brown said to the Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham:

Unfortunately, we are in a modern era so I cannot take you outside and beat you to death.

That is appalling behaviour, and in the context of this debate, where we need to look to strengthen our gun laws and ensure public safety is the prime factor here, the Premier of New South Wales should add his voice of condemnation to Mr Brown's threat.

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