Leader of the Greens Richard Di Natale went nuclear in parliament yesterday over the Liberal leadership crisis.
He told Liberal Party that they should “hang your heads in shame” for the way they are acting amid the plethora of serious issues facing Australians.
Here’s a brief snippet of his fiery spray:
It’s a disgrace. It’s utterly shameful. We haven’t had a stable government in this country for a decade now.
I’ve got a 10-year-old boy, he’s seen half-a-dozen different prime ministers. We have politicians in this joint who are more concerned about themselves, about their own self-interest, than they are with governing the country.
Just think, while the Liberal Party has been tearing themselves apart. We’ve got 100% of NSW that’s in drought right now, we’ve got the Great Barrier Reef on the brink of collapse, we’ve got floods in India. We’ve got a 12-year-old girl who is setting herself alight in Nauru. We’ve got kids who are in a catatonic state because they’ve given up hope, locked away in those offshore hell-holes.
What’s the Liberal party doing? Focusing on vengeance. On payback. Focusing on themselves.
We’ve got people who can’t afford to pay their medical bills right now. We’ve got young people being priced out of an education. There are 100,000 people in this country who are homeless. There are women who fear going home tonight because one woman a week is killed at the hands of a violent partner.
And what have we got? We’ve got this spectacle. This disgrace. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
We have people got people around the country who are suffering, and look at what you are doing. You are so focused on yourselves that you have forgotten what the country elected you to do. And that is to govern for them. Not for you.
You don’t deserve to govern. You deserve to be turfed out. That’s what you deserve.
Di Natale’s speech came after a debate in the Senate over Labor’s no-confidence motion, the government has survived thanks to the support of crossbench senators such as Pauline Hanson, with the motion going down 31 for and 35 against.
Watch the speech in full here:
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