Senate debates

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Parliamentary Representation

Valedictory

7:51 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

Yes, with George. When George was whip, when I was up there counting and George was counting, we were on opposite sides, and I'd hear George just say 'purple'. For those of you who are listening, the whips have to read out names when we're counting, and George would read out 'purple'. Claire, I will always, always remember you as being associated with purple, and that is because of the amazing work that you have done on women's issues, in particular. You've done an amazing job and you were always there at whatever was going on for women's issues. I've said this so many times: I think this place was at its best when we were working cross-party, when we were working on RU486 and on the stem cell debate, when the women really took control of this place and drove those outcomes. So, thank you, Claire, for all the work you have done.

Dougie Cameron! I will always remember 'rabble'; I love yelling that word across that chamber whenever you start talking about the rabble. Again, you've brought a fierceness and a commitment to this place. No-one can ever doubt your commitment to socialism! And I loved seeing the government senators on the opposite side of the chamber when you used that term here. Your commitment to social issues, in particular, and workers' rights is outstanding. The contribution you have made is outstanding. I've sometimes been on the end of your quite—

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