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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9236


Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (15:46): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator SIEWERT: It just shows how out of touch this government is. Triple J held a consultation process; they held a survey. They actually asked their listeners, who overwhelmingly said, 'We want to hear Australia's top 100—the best 100—on a day that is not 26 January'. They said very clearly that they don't want it associated with a day that causes grief and mourning to Australia's first peoples—a day that, from the very start, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have articulated their opposition to. The government also conveniently forgets that the Hottest 100 didn't start on Australia Day, so there's no 'history' there that they are defending. They are simply on the wrong side of history. The date will change. (Time expired)

The PRESIDENT: The question is that motion No. 613, standing in the names of Senators Siewert and Hanson-Young, be agreed to.