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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Page: 10272


Ms HUSAR (Lindsay) (15:53): I was just trying to be helpful; I'm here to help. It is my great privilege to stand up today and speak on this matter of public importance and follow such a diabolical speech from the member for Calare, over there, who talked about selling his constituents down the river. Let me tell you: I represent an area out in Western Sydney. For those opposite, I'm happy to provide a road map of where that actually is and what area that takes in. Last summer, Penrith experienced 23 days of above-average, 35-degree temperatures and eight days that hit above 40 degrees. We also had a series of long—

Mr Gee interjecting

I'm happy to take the member's interjections. We also had a series of long and hot evenings, including 36 degrees at midnight on 13 July.

Mr Crewther: How do you front those miners? What do you say to them?

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order. The member for Dunkley will remain silent.

Ms HUSAR: I don't have any miners in my electorate of Western Sydney, which goes to my point about these morons on the other side not knowing anything about Western Sydney.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The member for Lindsay will withdraw.

Ms HUSAR: I withdraw—unqualified. Last February—as I've now tried to say four times while dealing with the interjections from those over there—we had a day that was 45 degrees. Let that sink in—45 degrees in Western Sydney. We have a population that is growing and will continue to grow. That should be no surprise to those opposite.

Mr Gee interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Calare is warned. I call the member for Lindsay.

Ms HUSAR: When he's done, Deputy Speaker.

Honourable members interjecting

Ms HUSAR: Are you a woman?

The DEPUTY SPEAKER:

Order! The member for Lindsay! I will start to evict people in a minute.

Ms HUSAR: When you consider the weather station that takes the temperature in my electorate of Western Sydney is located next to billions and billions of litres of water

Honourable members interjecting

Ms HUSAR: Oh, God. This is outrageous!

Mr Broadbent interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Member for McMillan—

Mr Broadbent: She shouldn't have said that. It's a disgrace.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: I am in the chair at the moment. I have given the call to the member for Lindsay. I've got a general warning in this House. The next interjection will be out the door. I call the member for Lindsay.

Ms HUSAR: I'm so glad that they are so interested in what a woman on this side of the House has got to say, what they've actually got to listen to and how they can actually hear what is being said.

Government members interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for McMillian on a point of order.

Mr Broadbent: I'm calling for a withdrawal because she referred to herself in a manner that was demeaning to me in regard to her gender. Absolutely outrageous!

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: There is no point of order.

Honourable members interjecting

Mr Broadbent: It was because she happened to be a female member of parliament, not because of the presentation that she was making. It's absolutely outrageous.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: I might not agree with the comment but it was not unparliamentary.

Ms HUSAR: Deputy Speaker, this is outrageous. I haven't even gone past the first page of my speech notes because of the constant interjections. But, as I was saying, the weather station that records the temperature in the Western Sydney area is located next to the lake system, which is obviously going to record the temperature at a much lower rate than anywhere else. We've got the heat island effect out there. Anybody who lives in Glenmore Park, Jordan Springs or the new development of Thornton will know that it is up to three degrees hotter than anywhere else in Western Sydney.

When we talk about an energy crisis, you can appreciate how hot it gets and how much we are relying on power to cool our homes and also swimming pools so that people can actually cool down. But what gets Western Sydney residents very hot is this incompetent government's energy crisis. Day after day we come in here looking for answers from those opposite, and all they can do is blame us. Well, I've got some news for them: they are in government; they've had the opportunity to fix it. To continue to come in here and blame Labor for something that may or may not have taken place four or five years ago is their incompetence on display on a grand scale.

They've let this problem fester and get to the point where it is now. The time has come though; summer is now on our doorstep. It is 35 degrees today in Western Sydney. It's the 13th day of spring and it's already 35 degrees. The rise of blackouts this summer will be higher than ever before and the residents of Western Sydney have had enough. They've had to swallow the lies and the nasty policies from those opposite and promises of electricity prices going down by $550. They're not idiots. They're not stupid. They know that their prices have gone up and are up to $1,000 higher. And this government has taken away the energy supplements paid to people who can least afford it. This is an outrage, an absolute blight on a government that will leave no track record other than destruction. Take that, Calare! It's a disgrace.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Lindsay will return to her seat and withdraw.

Ms Husar: I withdraw. It's a shame you don’t do it on the other side.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Lindsay will return to her seat and withdraw or I will name her. I call on the member for Lindsay to withdraw.

Ms Husar: I withdraw.