Buckingham ejected from Upper House after Minister uses racist slur to defend Needles Gap dam
MEDIA RELEASE – 19 June 2014
Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham was today ejected from the Legislative Council until the end of the current sitting by President Don Harwin, after a fiery exchange about the proposed Needles Gap Dam during Question Time.
Mr Buckingham asked Minister Duncan Gay to name one potential user of the proposed Needles Gap Dam. Mr Gay quoted from an anonymous online commenter on a Central Western Daily article called ‘Leafman’ who wrote: “We just cannot go back to running around the bush with spears and boomerangs!”
“It’s offensive for the Leader of the Government in the House to use what is clearly a racial slur to attack those who question the need for this dam,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“It made my blood boil to hear representatives of the government use that kind of offensive language to make a political point. By all means criticise the Greens, but to use this racial slur is utterly wrong.
“Minister Gay should withdraw that statement and apologise.
“It’s astonishing that the Minister had to resort to quoting from an anonymous online troll to justify a $150 million dam. The government still cannot state exactly who will use this dam and what it is for,” he said.
Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916