Here is Senator Bob Brown complaining about Phillip Coorey.
Phillip Coorey never spoke to me about this matter—but then why would he?
Here is Senator Brown complaining about a Senate Clerk.
What I want to say here is that the Clerk is there to give us—Senator Ludlam in this case—fair and accurate advice and an alternative when the intent is clear. She has not done that. Instead she, in a Clerk strike in this Senate, refused to allow the promulgation of the wish of senators to have these motions adequately serviced before this Senate, and I object.
So Senator Michael Ronaldson asks the question.
Did you ring the Clerk before you came in and say, ‘I’m going to accuse you of being biased tonight’? Did you have the intestinal fortitude to do that, Senator Brown? No, you did not. You are a gutless piece of work.
It is remarkable to me that Senator Brown did not even have the guts to give the Clerk notice that he would be making these outrageous comments tonight. I think the comments themselves are despicable. Now he has slinked out. The fact that he has not even given the Clerk the opportunity to be here and hear those comments, I think, is lower than low.
I wonder if Phil Coorey is listening. I wonder whether Mr Coorey is listening to what was said about him. I am sure that was a reflection on him, Senator Milne. I bet Mr Coorey did not get a phone call to say, ‘I’m going to make some comments about you in the chamber tonight’. We have had an attack on Mr Coorey and then we had an attack on the Clerk. There was a show on TV I remember when I was a kid called Precious Pupp, and here we have the leader of the Greens as the ‘Precious Pupp’ of Australian politics. He is the walking glass jaw. When everything else fails, he will attack someone else. What a gutless wonder he is.