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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Page: 9875


Senator CONROY (VictoriaDeputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (17:16): I am indebted today to the Greens for discovering a socioeconomic new creature. It is the blackmailer and kidnapper who distinguishes between people whose companies have $100 million and those who have $200 million. Let's be clear, the only argument the government have advanced for why we should not be doing this is based on the fact that people would be kidnapped. The Greens have managed to discover kidnappers who actually distinguish between $100 million and $200 million. You are geniuses, absolute geniuses. I want to congratulate you on that, because you are voting to accept an argument that says: people with more than $200 million are going to be kidnapped, but people who have less than $200 million are not going to be kidnapped. So I want to congratulate you on finding the socioeconomic kidnapping fraternity, because it is marvellous.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN ( Senator Back ): Senator Conroy, if you would make your comments through the chair.

Senator CONROY: My apologies. I accept your admonishment, Mr Temporary Chairman.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN: Request your advice, Senator Conroy.

Senator CONROY: I do have one question for Senator Cormann. My understanding is that the Liberal party room opposed all of the $100 million upwards being removed. So, did you take this deal back to the Liberal party room, given you have a party room decision not to move from $100 million? Could I just seek clarification? Did you take this deal to cabinet and has it gone to your party room?