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Thursday, 25 June 2009
Page: 4282

Senator JOYCE (Leader of the Nationals in the Senate) (11:06 AM) —Mr President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT —Leave is granted for two minutes.

Senator JOYCE —Obviously we have to put on the record that this is part of the process of the debate. Part of the process of the debate is to give us as much time as humanly possible to get more information out to the Australian people to clearly convince them what an absolutely ridiculous scheme this is—what an absolutely ridiculous process this is that we are moving to a bankers and bureaucrats discussion on it—and we will. The more time we get, every day, every minute, we will—

Government senators interjecting—

The PRESIDENT —Senator Joyce, resume your seat. You are entitled to be heard in silence as much as Senator Wong and other senators. Those on my right, Senator Joyce is entitled to be heard in silence.

Senator JOYCE —This bankers, bureaucrats and brokers scheme that the Labor Party have concocted is going to do absolutely nothing for the environment and is going to do everything for a certain clique of people who no doubt they have had long discussions with. We will use every minute of every day to try and convince the Australian people to go on that journey, to clearly explain what happens to our economy if this thing were ever to come into place. If this thing ever comes into place, it is regional Australia—your seats, Labor seats—that will get flushed down the toilet. You do not care about that—and all for a gesture; all for a gesture that does absolutely nothing for our environment but does everything for your ego.