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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Page: 9

Senator ROBERTS (Queensland) (13:05): As a servant of the people of Queensland and Australia I would like to share some comments that were given to me across south-west Queensland during the break from sitting in the last few months. They echo and reinforce Senator Bernardi's comments insofar as they were directed to the political elites and the political establishment—the political class. The people of Australia, and we see the people of America and the people of Britain, are tired of the ruling class. I see Senator Bernardi's call as yet another call to listen to the people and to serve the people, because the people have disrespect, disregard and no loyalty to the way this chamber behaves. I echo Senator Bernardi's call to the elites and the establishment to start returning to serving the people of our states and our Commonwealth.

Question agreed to.