Senate debates

Wednesday, 10 May 2023


Public Interest Disclosure Amendment (Review) Bill 2022; In Committee

12:02 pm

Photo of Murray WattMurray Watt (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) Share this | Hansard source

That decision hasn't been made at this point. What has been made is the decision to get this legislation passed to begin this process. I am surprised that you wish to extend the debate on this to the degree that you are, which is clearly all about filibustering. I think we all know what is going on here—neither the Greens nor the coalition want to have a debate or a vote on legislation to build 30,000 social and affordable homes. I think what we're going to see, whether it be this bill or any other bill or any other debate, is it's going to be dragged out as long as possible. I don't know how many questions you have on your list, but I know you will keep adding more, so let's just keep going. And I know we won't get this done by 12.15, because you don't want a debate on housing. It's a shame, because this is an important matter. You say that you care about this, but we actually could have had this passed by 12.15. But that's, of course, not your writing instructions from Mr Chandler-Mather or whoever else is dictating your strategy. It's disappointing that you don't want to have legislation passed for whistleblowers, and it's disappointing that you don't want to have legislation passed for housing.


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