Senate debates

Monday, 11 September 2023


Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Reference

6:44 pm

Photo of Tim AyresTim Ayres (NSW, Australian Labor Party, Assistant Minister for Trade) Share this | Hansard source

So what is this all really about? It is about projecting imported, US-style extremist politics into this place and out there in the community—disinformation out there into the community. What's it really all about? The 'no' Voice campaign is exactly what this sort of bottom-of-the-barrel material is. Why has that been allowed to happen? It's been allowed to happen because the truth is that there is a strong case for the Voice to parliament. I respect the fact that not everybody agrees with it. I accept that absolutely. I accept the fact that there are conservative voices in Australian politics who support the Voice to Parliament. There are conservative voices in Australian politics who I respect who oppose the Voice to Parliament. There are competing strands of conservatism and liberalism that struggle to reconcile themselves over some of these questions, and I respect that absolutely. I've heard the articulation in this place for the 'yes' position from people on the conservative side of politics, and I've listened carefully. I've heard people on the conservative side articulate the 'no' case carefully and dispassionately. I don't agree with their proposition, but I accept that it's informed by their approach to traditional conservative or liberal values. The problem here is the takeover of the articulation of the 'no' campaign in the Liberal Party and the National Party by imported US-style extremism. It's say anything, do anything.


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