Monday, 10 September 2012
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development) Bill 2012; In Committee
The peculiar thing about the right-wing headkicker who keeps the left wing underfoot and does not let them speak out is that you must say he is a great headkicker. So that is Senator Conroy!
It is very important that we clear the record. Senator Waters, with due respect, it is usually the case that around about now there is a multiplicity of meetings. We have to be at a whole range of them and we have to have as a shadow ministry a leadership position and there are times, peculiarly enough, when I cannot be here for every little dalliance of the Greens and whatever their latest provocations are. If I must accept your admonishment, maybe this is one instance where one of those crazy peculiar tilts that the Greens have—sometimes they are right but the other 98 per cent are not—is right. I must admit I do not follow the Greens with that much interest.