Senate debates

Thursday, 22 March 2012


Farmers and Settlers Association

12:26 pm

Photo of John WilliamsJohn Williams (NSW, National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senator Joyce, Senator Nash, Senator Scullion, Senator Boswell and Senator McKenzie, move:

That the Senate notes:

  (a)   Wednesday, 28 March 2012 marks 100 years since the formation of the Farmers' and Settlers' Association in Western Australia;

  (b)   the Farmers' and Settlers' Association formed the Country Party, which in turn became the National Party;

  (c)   the party has served on the Federal Government benches longer than any other political party in Australia's history;

  (d)   that the party has produced three Prime Ministers in Sir Earle Page, Sir Arthur Fadden and Sir John McEwen; and

  (e)   The Nationals have an outstanding record of delivery for regional Australia.

Photo of Bob BrownBob Brown (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move an amendment so that the words 'an outstanding' be replaced with the words—

Photo of John HoggJohn Hogg (President) Share this | | Hansard source

You need to seek leave. Is leave granted?

Leave not granted.

The question is that the motion moved by Senator Williams be agreed to.

12:33 pm

Photo of Nick XenophonNick Xenophon (SA, Independent) Share this | | Hansard source

by leave—I indicate that I supported this motion with some reluctance because I think it does set a precedent in terms of the self-congratulatory nature of it. But I indicate to my colleagues in the Australian Greens that if they put up a motion praising their advocacy for environmental issues, I would be quite happy to support that as well.