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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Page: 14683


Mr WATTS (Gellibrand) (13:59): I note from media reports that the member for Groom and the member for Wright are defecting from Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal Party to the Nationals.

The SPEAKER: The member for Gellibrand will refer to members by their proper titles.

Mr WATTS: I say to all those opposite: if they want to oppose a GST increase, join the Labor Party. Stand up for the Australian public. We are the only party opposed to the 50 per cent increase in the GST being pushed by those opposite. If they have seen the light, the proper direction to defect is this side of the chamber. We will care for the Australian people and fight a GST increase. Member for Gippsland, I know where your heart lies. Member for Mallee, come aboard. Oppose the GST—

The SPEAKER: In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has concluded.