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Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Page: 4169

Senator GEORGIOU (Western Australia) (15:55): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator GEORGIOU: The last time I looked, the Senate was about representing Australians in Australia. The Greens constantly and repeatedly push for human rights of people overseas. I understand the morality behind this, but when was the last time the Greens moved a motion about protecting or supporting Australians first? Let's talk about homelessness. More than 100,000 Australians are on the streets, every night, homeless. Seventeen per cent of them are 12 years or younger. What about their needs? Where are the Greens on this?

Yesterday, I moved a motion about getting a better GST deal for WA. And guess what? The two Greens' senators from Western Australia didn't support it. What about income tax cuts, cutting some slack for ordinary Australians? What did the Greens do? They voted it down. The Greens have shown their hand when it comes to loyalty, and they have none when it comes to Australia. Look after our own backyard before we start worrying about someone else's.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Senator Di Natale, I assume you're seeking leave?