Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Discovery of Formal Business
I seek leave to make a two-minute statement.
This motion that I am proposing uses well-considered, neutral language to present accurate data on deaths in custody from the latest report of the government's own Australian Institute of Criminology. This is not the first time a grubby backroom deal between Labor, Liberals and Nationals has been used to deny the formality of such motions. When everyday Australians go to a polling booth, do they look at the names and think, 'I will vote for this person because they run away from hard issues'? Do they think, 'I'd vote for this person because they're going to be a gutless bastard'? No, certainly not.