Senate debates

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Questions without Notice

National Security

2:39 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Women) Share this | Hansard source

Yes, I can. We have been there before; the script has been written. Again, those of us on this side of the chamber will continue to send a clear message to people smugglers. We understand national security; we understand border security, and we will not let the Australian people down.

What do we have on the other side? Mr President, you would recall during the federal election that over 50 of Labor's candidates defied their leader—who has, himself, now defied any sense of bipartisanship on this issue—in relation to border security. They have openly stated that, if they were on this side of the chamber, they would happily have the boats start up again; they would happily endorse deaths at sea, because that is what those policies do. They would again put children into detention, because, again, a failure to control our borders equals those direct consequences. Again, this side of the chamber will not send that message. (Time expired)


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