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

Why did that happen? It was for narrow, base, political advantage in the same way that, when the Native Title Act came through this place, people on that side of politics claimed that the sky would fall in. When the apology to the stolen generations was made, people on that side claimed that the sky was going to fall in. In fact, the Leader of the Opposition in the other place said a whole lot of things that he has subsequently apologised for. He said he got it wrong. In the same year, he is making the same claims about the Voice to Parliament proposition. These claims of the sky falling in are completely consistent, and people over there expect that Australians are silly enough to have forgotten all of the other times that they have made the same claim.

This extremist takeover is a problem for the Liberal and National parties. I see that Mr Mundine is using the 'no' campaign and extremist politics as a vehicle for securing his political ambitions to find his way into Liberal Party preselection. That is what his campaign is all about. Do you want to see more extremist politics in this place? Well, let's see how this proceeds.

Firstly, on the inquiry, it is not a genuine proposal for an inquiry. It is a stunt that is there for social media purposes alone.


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