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Monday, 10 September 2018
Page: 43


Ms RYAN (LalorOpposition Whip) (13:45): What a two weeks it has been! Our new Prime Minister has donned an Australian flag pin to remind him of who he represents. He may do that because, since he has become our Prime Minister, it's clear that he needs constant reminding about who he represents. We've had him asking for a rev up for the boys in his team. He has called unionist thugs. He has talked about gender whispering in school. He has killed the NEG. He has defended the indefensible: bullying in his own team. He has defended European au pairs coming into this country under dubious circumstances. He needs to be reminded that, in the Australian population, there are women and girls, there are victims of bullying, there are unionists, there are people who believe in scientific fact, there are people who are concerned about the planet and there are members of the LGBTQI community. He could also be reminded that, in Victoria, not everyone lives in Geelong or Frankston. God help the PM-proclaimed 'muppets' on his own side if he stays Prime Minister for long in this country.