Han­son’s no- vote threat

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - RE­NEE VIELLARIS

PAULINE Han­son has threat­ened to ab­stain from vot­ing on “non-crit­i­cal” leg­is­la­tion un­less the Mor­ri­son gov­ern­ment acts to save dairy farm­ers at break­ing point.

In a new flash­point for Scott Mor­ri­son, the fiery One Na­tion leader also blasted the gov­ern­ment for wast­ing the Se­nate’s time for fail­ing to have enough Bills to de­bate in the Se­nate, “be­cause they never ex­pected to win”.

De­spite meet­ing with the PM af­ter the elec­tion in what is un­der­stood to have been a frank — but end­ing am­i­ca­bly — con­ver­sa­tion about the lead-up to the last elec­tion, Se­na­tor Han­son is to­day de­mand­ing the gov­ern­ment re-reg­u­late the in­dus­try to en­sure a fair price at the farm gate. She has warned a gen­er­a­tion of kids would be forced to drink pow­dered milk in­stead of fresh milk if farm­ers were driven to the wall and farm­ers could sell out to Chi­nese firms, trans­fer­ring more land out of Aus­tralian hands.

Se­na­tor Han­son plans to in­tro­duce a bill within the next sit­ting fort­night.

Draft leg­is­la­tion re­veals a new or ex­ist­ing com­mis­sion would de­ter­mine the base milk price.

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