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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 340


Senator DI NATALE (VictoriaLeader of the Australian Greens) (16:23): In lieu of suspending standing orders, I seek leave to make a one-minute statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator DI NATALE: What a surprise that this parliament should be avoiding the responsibility that it has to start recognising that if we continue on the path that we are on, hitching our wagon to a dangerous and unhinged president, we risk dragging this nation into war. What is reassuring to me, though, is that faced with the glaring lack of leadership from our Prime Minister and indeed from this parliament we are seeing people organise, mobilise and resist right around the streets. We have seen people stand up to this 21st-century demagogue—five million women marching in the streets, taxi drivers, people flocking to airports to protest.

Honourable senators interjecting

The PRESIDENT: Order on my left.

Senator DI NATALE: In Australia, we have seen people organise as well—people coming together to resist this hateful and divisive agenda from Donald Trump. We, the Australian Greens, stand with the community and recognise the great threat that this president poses. To paraphrase a great Australian song: 'from little things very big things are growing'. (Time expired)