darren.chester.mp@aph.gov.au 1300 131 785
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August 25, 2011

Mr CHESTER (Gippsland) (13:59): I take off from where the previous speaker finished. I was appalled by the arrogance and the contempt shown by the Leader of the House, who described this week’s rally as a ‘convoy of no consequence’. Then we had the Leader of the Greens, the partner in this government, who went further. He depicted the protesters as ‘moaners and a general smorgasbord of whingers’. That is a bit rich coming from a professional protestor like the Leader of the Greens. I will say this to those opposite: lose the arrogant attitude. Show some respect and be very careful. The moaners and the whingers—those people of no consequence you talk about—will have their day. Start showing them some respect.

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