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Thursday, 18 June 2020
Page: 3556


Senator ROBERTS (Queensland) (09:56): I'm fairly new in the Senate, as people know, so I just want to first of all acknowledge some comments. I was delighted to see Senator Wong using data. I agree with her and the government. In fact, we mentioned to Senator Ruston that this segment of the day is out of hand. It's completely out of hand. I also want to compliment Senator Wong on saying that she is up for a discussion on this. I concur with Senator Patrick that we would love to discuss that.

We do not support this at the moment as it stands, but we would welcome the postponement of this to have a sensible discussion. Senator Hanson and I have been suppressed many times in this, as have the Greens, but we would be the first to acknowledge that this session has got out of order. We want to fix it. I look at question time and I see that as a rabble. I see that as complete disrespect of the people of Australia, who elected us to come in here and represent them. Question time is completely disrespectful to the people of this country. This session on formal motions has also become disrespectful not only to the people but to the parliament. So I would ask Senator Cormann and Senator Wong to postpone this and have a meaningful discussion about improving this section and doing it in a way that is respectful.