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Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Page: 1142

Senator ROBERTS (Queensland) (15:45): I seek leave, Mr President, to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator ROBERTS: One of the first things I did in 2016 after becoming a senator was ask Adani what it needed to get the project going. We checked the water, we checked with the farmers and we checked with the Indigenous. We will be supporting this motion because of the primacy of energy; humanitarian grounds, because it will drag hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in India; it will enable business with India that has been destroyed because of the policies of the Greens; it'll open the Galilee Basin, which will do wonders for the state and the country. After years of Greens lies with emotive nonsense, we commend the LNP senators for standing up for our state.

Senator Watt interjecting

Senator McAllister interjecting

Senator McKim interjecting

The PRESIDENT: Order, Senators McKim, McAllister and Watt! Senator Watt, take a breath when I say your name. Senator Siewert.

Senator Siewert: On a point of order: could you please ask Senator Roberts to withdraw his accusation of the Greens lying. It is unparliamentary.

The PRESIDENT: I didn't hear that. I was consulting one of the managers at the time about splitting the motion. It is unparliamentary to accuse a senator of lying, but it is not necessarily—

Senator ROBERTS: I withdraw.

The PRESIDENT: I remind senators that the rule is strictly about alluding to other senators. The question is that paragraph (a) of matter No. 61 be agreed to.