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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Page: 9925


Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (16:00): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator SIEWERT: It's very dangerous to say 'never ever'. To the government and to the opposition: we know the date will change. It's a question of when. And then you lot will claim it as your own, just like you have with marriage equality and just like you have with a banking royal commission. All of a sudden, it will be Labor's idea. We will bookmark this day. The date will change. It is a question of when. The Australian community are increasingly engaging with this debate. They know that this is a day of grieving for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The date will change so that everybody in this country can enjoy Australia and celebrate Australia, not on a day that harms and causes distress to a large proportion of Australian people.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that notice of motion No. 652 be agreed to.