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Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Page: 1140

Senator DEAN SMITH (Western AustraliaChief Government Whip in the Senate) (15:42): At the request of Senators McDonald, Rennick, McGrath, Scarr and Stoker, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) that the vast majority of Queenslanders support the Carmichael Mine and opening of the Galilee Basin, and

   (ii) the billions of dollars in royalties that the resources sector delivers to Queensland (Qld), building roads, schools and hospitals for all Queenslanders; and

(b) condemns the actions and hypocrisy of extremist protestors, including:

   (i) a husband and wife who, despite being arrested nine times combined, blocked trucks leaving a concrete business that had urgent works to complete at a local nursing home,

   (ii) a 20 year old unemployed protestor who, despite growing up and living in his family's lavish waterside mansion on the Sunshine Coast, glued himself to a Brisbane central business district road, causing disruptions for tens of thousands of Qld workers,

   (iii) the numerous protestors who have attacked and disrupted small businesses which have contracts for the construction of the Carmichael Mine and are employing hard-working Queenslanders, and

   (iv) the comments made by Brisbane City Council Greens councillor, Cr Jonathan Sri, who has praised the "effective tactics" used by the Extinction Rebellion protestors, noting particularly that "As a politician I'm telling you that supporting disruptive civil disobedience and general strikes is probably your best option".