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Speech: Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017

Speeches in Parliament
Lee Rhiannon 26 Aug 2017

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (19:15): Again, for the context, Senator Cameron, I'm certainly not doubting—I have heard you say a number of times—your own personal commitment to a broad-based anticorruption commission. But, again, you are giving cover to your party—saying how there was no notice about our second reading amendment for a national ICAC. There was heaps of notice. Firstly, you know that we've been talking about this for a long time. In the case of this specific legislation, my colleague Adam Bandt in the House of Representatives moved this same amendment. That was back in May. You have had all that time where we could have been working together. We've been saying it time and time again. I know that me colleagues, particularly Senator Richard Di Natale, has repeated it time and time again that we are ready to work with you on a national ICAC. So squibbing it is just not a good enough excuse. That is actually what has happened here.

So, yes, I believe your sincerity. But Labor have to actually step up and get on with the job. At the moment, you are in an extraordinary situation working with the Liberals and the Nationals on something that is targeting the union movement. It's a con job from them.

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