Monday, 13 February 2017
Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:17): Attorney-General, you really should not verbal me. I have not ignored the debate; I have not ignored it at all.
Senator Brandis: You didn't even refer to it!
Senator RHIANNON: I acknowledge your interjection. All I have done is inject into this debate some balance, because you should not be imputing to me exactly what you have done. You are the one who, in the context of advancing your arguments, has been banging the drum about mandatory sentencing rather than acknowledging that there are a range of opinions here. All I was doing was injecting into the debate some of the views that you have failed to bring into this discussion. Again you fall back on attacks and personal abuse, rather than giving the evidence that surely you should be. If you say that there is this body of experts who support mandatory sentencing, what is the evidence that that system works? All I was doing was injecting the other side, which is what you failed to do.
Senator BRANDIS (Queensland—Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (18:18): I have barely spoken in the debate, so how you can say that is beyond me.
Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:19): Precisely—you have given further weight to your failure in how you have prosecuted the case. You come in here and attack me about being unbalanced, which is precisely how you have approached this.