Interview with Adam Steer on Senator Trish Crossin’s Valedictory Speech.
Nigel Scullion has called in, CLP Senator, also wanted to talk about Trish Crossin’s speech this morning.
Morning Nigel, what did you make of it?
Oh look, I thought it was an excellent speech. I think it made all of us a little sad, it was just, as I looked around the room as she sat down, and I thought to myself, look, I’m not sure what you were thinking Prime Minister but this is, again, everything you touch turns to porridge. There was no benefits out of it whatsoever. You’ve got a Senator who performed excellently over 15 years, you’ve got another choice of Marion Scrymgour who was a Minister in the Labor government for ten years, a traditional Aboriginal woman, and yet they were both set aside without a discussion, without a thought, because the Labor Party has some particular process where the Prime Minister can just intervene and have a Captain’s Pick …
Senator, we were speaking to Grant Tambling just a short time ago. He thinks Nova Peris should stand aside and they should, or stand aside for a free vote in the Northern Territory for the Labor Party. Do you think that’s a good idea?
Well look, it’s funny, there’s only three people who can actually make a difference to this. There’s, Julia Gillard can change her mind and just say, look, this was really silly, it was bad judgement, it showed bad character, I’m going to reverse my decision. Or Nova Peris can actually act herself, and she’d be as hero for Territorians instead of the alternative side of the spectrum.
Senator, we’d have to take your criticism with a grain of salt, with all due respect, it’s a political opportunism to have another crack at the PM, isn’t it?
No, look, I can tell you now, that is, you know, that is again poor judgement on your, on your side. It is quite clear, if you were in the Chamber, whether you’re on any side of Parliament, people see this as the most grubby act. I didn’t criticise the Prime Minister as much as I made an appeal to the alternative Prime Minister, one Mr Rudd, who was actually in the Chamber. He’d just left the Chamber and I said, mate, if you want to undo a wrong, then you should. Every side of Parliament believes this is a, we cannot understand why it was done and it is, this is without precedent in, certainly not only in the Territory but since Federation that somebody should be treated in this way, and for you to insinuate that this is just some sort of political swipe, you clearly didn’t hear the contributions from everyone in the Senate last night.
is just some sort of political swipe, you clearly didn’t hear the contributions from everyone in the Senate last night.
Oh, I did listen to much that went on in the Senate, Senator, I’m just suggesting that this is also an opportunity to, you know, put your side of politics forward.
Well, like I’m just telling you, it’s interesting that you should go to motivation, I certainly wasn’t motivated by having a slap at the Prime Minister. I guess people would normally see that’s my job, I was simply motivated by putting on the record what an appalling set of circumstances this was. The fact that it may injure them or not and pour more porridge on that day is immaterial, I can tell you, I was simply motivated by ensuring that the ill that was done to another Territorian, whether she’s on the other side of politics or not, needs to be put on the record.
She ah, you think she’s done a good job as a Senator?
Look, I do, I mean, everybody has their judgements, you know, she’s, neither of us are any startling Barnaby Joyce, and we’re not one of the shooting stars of Parliament, but we have a very large electorate, and it’s our responsibility to connect with that electorate, and I have to say that she’s done that. Wherever you go, particularly in remote communities, the only one I see out in a remote community is Trish, and she pops her head up everywhere, so you know, I’d have to say it was a bit annoying, I think, you know, traipsing around very remote areas, this will be right, and sure enough there she is.
Senator, thanks for your time this morning, I appreciate it.
No worries, good to talk to you.
That’s Country Liberals Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion.
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