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Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Page: 11759


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (15:22): Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr SHORTEN: Yes. I believe that my whole party has, including myself.

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition on behalf of the opposition.

Mr SHORTEN: The Minister for Justice made some disgusting remarks in question time. Child abuse is an evil and sick crime. Every parent's worst nightmare is having someone hurt their child. Our community reserves a special place of loathing for child abusers.

Mr Keenan interjecting

Mr Gosling: Just shut up and listen!

The SPEAKER: The member for Solomon will leave under 94(a).

The member for Solomon then left the chamber.

Ms Plibersek interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Sydney has already been warned!

Mr SHORTEN: We believe that appropriate action to punish pedophiles is to increase the maximum sentences for paedophiles. Those opposite believe the appropriate action is mandatory sentencing. We have a different view on that, but all of us want paedophiles locked up, and locked up for a long time.

The dignity of parliament is not enhanced by the suggestion that there is any doubt that any member of this parliament does not utterly and totally deplore pedophilia and child abuse. We have been misrepresented and, absolutely, all of us—and I don't doubt the government means the same as we do—deplore pedophiles, full stop.

Mr Keenan interjecting

The SPEAKER: The minister will cease interjecting across the table!

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Members on my left will cease interjecting!