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Thursday, 10 May 2018
Page: 2873


Senator DI NATALE (VictoriaLeader of the Australian Greens) (12:13): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator DI NATALE: Thank you, Madam Deputy President. Look, I just couldn't resist when I heard Senator Chisholm mention the word 'stunt'. The last time I heard a Labor senator use the word stunt when referring to a Greens' proposal was in relation to the royal commission. It was Senator Sam Dastyari who, in justifying a vote against a royal commission, said he wouldn't support it because it was a Greens' stunt. Well, if Senator Chisholm's been paying attention, he'd see right now that we do have a royal commission, and it was in large part thanks to the hard work of the Greens—in fact, my colleague, Senator Whish-Wilson—and some sensible National Party members who recognised that it was time that we had a review into the banking sector. Now, it won't be long before the Labor Party do come on board with the campaign to raise Newstart—something that Senator Siewert has been campaigning on for many, many years. I know many of you are a bit slow on the uptake, but it won't be long before you get there and, when you do, you'll thank the Greens and many other members of the community for leading the charge. (Time expired)