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Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Page: 229

Mr BRIGGS (1:58 PM) —The National Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 is a perfect Labor bill to go into question time with. It is a bill about three things: union power, union power and union power. That is all this is about. There is nothing wrong with the ABC; this is a bill about union power. The one reform the ABC wants is for this Prime Minister to appear on Insiders just once this year. He is on Sunrise every week but he spends no time on Insiders. We need to see him on Insiders. That is the reform the ABC wants.

This bill is about union power. As we see with workplace relations, as we see with this bill before the parliament, this is about union power first, second and third. They are coming back. Eighty-five per cent of senior frontbenchers were union officials. This bill is about union power. The ABC has never performed so well. We are seeing the situation of Pluto at the moment in WA; we are seeing the country being shut down. We will see in the economic statement which we are about to hear from the Prime Minister about union power. This bill, one, two and three, is about union power.

The SPEAKER —Order! It being 2 pm, the debate is interrupted in accordance with standing order 97. The debate may be resumed at a later hour and the member will have leave to continue speaking when the debate is resumed.