Senate debates

Thursday, 27 February 2020


Australian Business Growth Fund Bill 2019; In Committee

1:32 pm

Photo of Pauline HansonPauline Hanson (Queensland, Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party) Share this | Hansard source

I can't believe that you actually said that. Yes, I am interested in Australian owned businesses here. I have asked you repeatedly: is this purely for Australian owned companies and businesses? You can't even answer that. You can't even say that the ISDS with the international free trade agreements is going to have anything to actually override this. Your answer before the break was, 'Yes, our commitment is to the free trade agreements first and foremost.' That's where your head is at. It's not about Australian businesses. Don't put on me that I should be supporting this, because I support businesses in this country but I will not be propping up multinational companies in Australia to get money from taxpayers' dollars when they can't even pay their fair share of tax in Australia. What I ask you is this: does this have anything to do with the ISDS of international free trade agreements under which we can be called to account if we give moneys to Australian companies, and is that why you are reluctant to look at my amendment and put in that it's not just about Australian enterprises? It's about having majority Australian ownership, and it should be 100 per cent Australian ownership as far as I am concerned. You can't even give me that guarantee. You can't even give the guarantee to the Australian people. So, as far as I'm concerned, you have answered the questions. That satisfies me and the Australian taxpayers.


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