The CHIEF WHIP OF THE OPPOSITION Deputy Speaker The DEPUTY SPEAKER Yes sir

The chief whip of the opposition deputy speaker the

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The CHIEF WHIP OF THE OPPOSITION: Deputy Speaker ... The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Yes, sir.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 147 The CHIEF WHIP OF THE OPPOSITION: I would like to second that motion. The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The decision was not placed on the Order Paper. It is rejected. Go ahead, hon Carrim. Mr Y I CARRIM: I take it you haven’t extracted any time from me over those superficial interventions, right? [Interjections.] Okay. The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Go ahead. I will start your clock. Mr Y I CARRIM: Now, here we are. You are saying, as opposition parties, that it is high on vision, low on detail. But, one could argue, better that high ... [Interjections.] The DEPUTY SPEAKER: You are screaming, hon members. Allow the member to speak. Mr Y I CARRIM: ... high on detail and low on vision, because, President, if you had presented a shopping list as it were, they
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 148 would have attacked the state of the nation address just as much. They would have said: “Ah, you see, these are empty promises. It is a shopping list. Where is the capacity to deliver?” So you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. But that’s how most of the opposition parties, regrettably, operate in our Parliament. It is endless, rampant opposition for opposition sake. No recognition here that, despite our many differences, we do have a common national interest. And never more than now with our faltering economy, our job challenges and our increasing inequalities, as the state of the nation address openly and frankly admitted. We need each other – not just in the interests of mainly the poor and disadvantaged, but also in the interests of all of our people. This is the main message of the Presidency’s state of the nation address. It has been there since last February: that we need partnerships of government, Parliament, the trade unions, business, civil society and the public generally to foster economic growth, create jobs, reduce inequalities and
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 149 consolidate our democracy. It’s about a social compact. It’s about creating social cohesion and working together, never mind our entrenched differences. And, if you want to get the co-operation of other political parties and other public stakeholders, you cannot spell out an overdetailed set of targets and then ask people to join you. In part, it’s this that underpins the Sona. It has to convey – it is meant to convey – a vision, especially of the first Sonas in a new term of Parliament. It is in this sense of a heightened vision that the dream term was used. It was to convey hope and to point to the enormous potential of this country, President, which we agree with. And this was said at the very end of a very long speech. In fact, it occupies less than 6% of the speech, as I know it.
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