Senate debates

Wednesday, 8 April 2020


Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020, Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020, Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2019-2020, Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2019-2020; Second Reading

5:57 pm

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

Thank you, Madam Deputy President. Despite the recent drought, farmers with water could not afford to pay for electricity to pump irrigation water to grow fodder—in a drought—because of our electricity prices. China and the UN are doing this. Exit the UN. Let's look at seafood: we have the world's largest continental shelf fishing zone, yet we import almost three-quarters of the seafood we consume. Why? Because we have 36 per cent of the world's marine parks, which previous ministers, like Labor's Mr Tony Burke and Liberal Senator Robert Hill handed to the UN as World Heritage areas, all now managed under UN rules. And who is our largest supplier of imported seafood? China, with its tiny coast line and 56 times more mouths to feed compared with us. China and the UN. Exit the UN.

In Queensland we have 31 major federal and state polices gutting farming. As Charleville farmer Dan McDonald says, with every farm input now completely under regulatory control, farming is nationalised. We have lost our food security, our manufacturing, our farmers' land use, our water, our energy security. We have lost our productive capacity, our ability to produce. We have lost our economic resilience, our ability to rebound, all through globalism, in the name of interdependency—the corporate elite benefiting from our bureaucrats' gift of farming land and water and benefiting from owning Chinese manufacturing.

Interdependency is a con. It means we are dependent on others. We are dependent. This virus crisis is exposing a huge gap in our security, from face masks to food to loss of our independence. We voters have allowed our governments, since the formation of the UN—especially since 1996—to sacrifice our country's productive capacity, our economic resilience and our economic independence and security. Did you elect UN bureaucrats to be in charge? I didn't. Our national debt is now around $600 billion—in Queensland around $90 billion—before this package. Members of parliament and senior federal public servants need to share the burden: stop the perks like flying business class, cut our superannuation rates and reject or defer salary increases.

Let's look to the future. What will the world look like after the Prime Minister's quaintly named six-month hibernation? In just three to four months, what will people be doing? When we emerge from hibernation and look around, will we as a nation feel supported and excited, or depleted, hungry and angry? We need two plans: one for now and one for bringing back our productive capacity and economic resilience. One Nation will return with a detailed analysis. When this is over, though, everyday Australians of all backgrounds expect to see—and deserve to be—a healthy and secure people—a proud, independent Australia that reflects our lifestyle, culture, values, freedom, democracy and potential. All people want is a fair go and governments we can trust to work for our country.


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