Wednesday, 30 March 2022
I'm not impressed at all with the government actually pushing this through. It would've had the support of the Labor Party to do this. Senator Patrick is right: there are about 15 bills that are being passed here. My grave concern is on one of them, the Offshore Petroleum (Laminaria and Corallina Decommissioning Cost Recovery Levy) Bill 2021. That has been stuffed up by government. The fact is that that is costing us $4 million a week, and that should actually be discussed in this parliament to see what is happening there.
These bills are going to be pushed through. Senators' statements have been wiped. Also, I've been told I can't do a budget reply speech tonight, because I'm being shut down. As the leader of a political party in this place, I am not being given the opportunity to give that speech tonight and speak on behalf of millions of people. I think that's disgusting.
You have shut down this parliament. You have not allowed enough sitting time to deal with your bills that needed to be dealt with before the election. This is not being representative of the people of this nation and it's a disgrace on the Liberal Party and the National Party to actually do it. (Time expired)