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Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Page: 9626


Senator BERNARDI (South Australia) (13:59): I thought it timely, in the minute that I have, to reflect on the Paris climate change talks and the passage of time. In 2009, when Copenhagen was being talked about by those on the other side of the chamber, including then Minister Penny Wong, as such a success and how Australia and the rest of the world were going down a great path. I have to say that there was a reality check in these recent talks, because every single commentator reflecting on Copenhagen said that it was an abject failure and a disaster. It reflects so poorly on those on the other side that they tried to hoodwink and snowball the people of Australia by thrusting us into some climate shenanigans to make sure that they could tax the people of Australia for their own indulgences. They were failures in government, they have been failures in opposition and they are failures again today.

The PRESIDENT: Thank you, Senator Bernardi. It being 2 pm, we will now proceed to questions without notice.