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Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Page: 2260

Ms RYAN (LalorOpposition Whip) (13:54): Yesterday in question time there was a travesty of justice. The member for Dickson, the Minister for Home Affairs, tried lamely to smear the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten. He did so in this place in a cheap parody of a landmark moment delivered at the dispatch box by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. It is known as the misogyny speech. Some say impersonation can be seen as a form of flattery, but I would assert that when the easily roasted, the thin-skinned, try to replicate a withering master, it always ends in a mash-up, a cheap parma and chips, if you like, trying to dress up as cordon bleu.

We all know the Minister for Home Affairs isn't big on saying sorry, but he should. He should apologise for his bangers-and-mash try-hard moment yesterday. Through you, Deputy Speaker, I want him to know that I know Julia Gillard; many on this side of the House served with Julia Gillard. Julia Gillard is a friend of mine, and the Minister for Home Affairs is no Julia Gillard!