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Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Senator DI NATALE (VictoriaLeader of the Australian Greens) (15:56): I can't help it! I'm seeking leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator DI NATALE: Senator Georgiou's obviously been asleep for the past 10 minutes. We just had a motion on the Murray-Darling. Is that our backyard or not, Senator Georgiou? It might not be yours, but it's certainly ours. You might be from WA, but we think about the Murray-Darling. We had a motion five minutes ago from Senator Steele-John on protecting young people from the influence of gambling. We had a motion from Senator Siewert on Newstart, which no doubt you don't support because you're more interested in giving tax cuts to the big end of town than supporting people who are down and out and doing it tough who can't get a roof over their heads.

The PRESIDENT: Order! Senator Di Natale, please resume your seat. Senator Bernardi?

Senator Bernardi: I think Senator Di Natale's rant should be addressed to the chair rather than directly to Senator Georgiou.

The PRESIDENT: You're quite right. Senator Di Natale, please address your comments to the chair.

Senator DI NATALE: Through you, Mr President, One Nation say they support battlers. But do you know who they support? They support themselves and they support the big end of town. They support bankers. They support CEOs. They support senior executives. They've just given them 11,000 bucks in their back pocket while they refuse to increase Newstart. They refuse to do anything for people who are struggling. They do everything they can to feather their own nest and nothing for ordinary Australians.

The PRESIDENT: Order! I take this opportunity to remind senators that one-minute statements, which have grown in currency in the last five to 10 years, are granted at the courtesy of any individual senator, who may object. The purpose of one-minute statements is to clarify positions on the notices of motion in lieu of a longer debate. If senators could keep that in mind, it would probably facilitate the operation of this section of business. I'll put the question for the motion of Senator Di Natale.

Question agreed to.