This is quite possibly the most interesting thing that has ever been said by a WA senator.
In the wake of the upcoming WA by-election, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has welcomed the Prime Minister to WA on his inevitable campaign tour.
It’s well worth a watch.
At 1:00 he reminds Abbott that he is “standing in a place where the drought never ended” and where “climate change and land clearing for fossil fuel combustion is a lived reality”.
At 1:20 he invites Abbott to leave his “excruciatingly boring” three word slogans at home.
At 1:30 he breaks down the stereotypes that exist about WA, and why Abbott is “reading [WA] wrong”.
At 2:09 he tells him that “waving [his] homophobia in other people’s faces” will dampen his chances of a friendly WA welcome.
At 2:38 we hear the phrase “awkward and kind of revolting”.
At 3:10 we hear about the history of the Greens, celebrating their 40 year anniversary this year.
At 4:20 we hear that Abbott’s defunding of the Perth light rail, but excessive funding of the Perth shark cull “has been noted”.
At 5:20 Ludlam reminds Abbott that people are keeping a tally of his choices between capitalism and the public interest.
At 5:36 Ludlam tells Abbott: “Every time you open your mouth, the Green vote goes up.”
At 6:00 his attention turns to Abbott’s views on the internet.
At 6:57 Ludlam delivers his zinger: “Prime Minister you are welcome to take your heartless, racist exploitation of people’s fears and ram it as far from Western Australia as your taxpayer-funded travel entitlements can take you.”