Senator Singh talks about being out of touch, but her presentation on
taking note, just then, demonstrates just how out of touch Labor really is. In fact, the topic that she chose to take
note on, the question from Senator Chisholm, shows how low the Labor Party has sunk in the politics of envy and
how far out of touch they genuinely are about what's happening in their communities, that they would go down
Labor may claim to have all
the plans that they like, but of course they're not in government, so they actually can't deliver anything. They're
not in government. They might aspire to that, if they understand what that 'aspiration' might mean. But they're
not in government, so they can't deliver. They can make all the promises they like. In fact, in my home seat,
where I live, in Braddon, they're making a whole range of promises at the moment, but they have to win two
elections in Braddon before they can deliver on any of those promises.
I too rise to make a contribution in recognition of the life of my
immediate predecessor in my first incarnation in this place in 2002, the Hon. Jocelyn Newman, AO. Jocelyn was
part of a family that enjoys a very special place in Tasmanian and national politics, particularly the Liberal Party
The Labor Party are starting to sound increasingly desperate in their arguments around this matter. I have to say the shrill presentation that we just heard from Senator Cameron is sounding desperate, and there is nobody on this side who will be lectured to by the Labor Party on economic management. I think Senator Abetz was right to note that the only economic manager that the Labor Party were prepared to quote in their questions in question time today was former Treasurer Peter Costello. They can't find one of their own to quote. Perhaps they have an obsession with Treasurers from this side of the House - I'm not sure - but they could not find anybody else to quote.
I rise today to make a contribution in support of the manuka honey
industry in Australia, particularly in my home state of Tasmania. Canberrans are used to pronouncing manuka
differently than we do back home in Tasmania. The name manuka goes back a long way in my home state of
You'd almost think that the Labor Party don't really want to debate the
motion that they've just moved before the Senate. To be frank, given some of the activities of the last 24 hours
and some of the briefings that are coming out from the Labor Party, I have to say I am starting to feel the ghosts of
Labor past return from the Rudd-Gillard years, where 'policy turmoil' and 'policy implementation turmoil' were
basically the buzzwords of how the Labor Party operated.
I rise to speak to this motion not necessarily because I support it but because I think it deserves to be debated. It is an issue of concern for someone who spent 25 years working in the construction industry and who has seen the results of this at a practical level, as Senator Georgiou has expressed he has himself. In fact, we're probably rare beasts, alongside Senator Marshall, who was an electrician—is an electrician? I'm not sure whether he still has his licence.
Labor talk about fairness, and you hear them talk about fairness a lot. Senator Ketter also talked about
what Labor's policy wouldn't do, including that it wouldn't take the pension and wouldn't take dividends. But
what Labor's policy is doing is taking away pensioners' and self-funded retirees' and part-pensioners' income.