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Labor senators have discovered the $1.5m being paid by PMC to Burdeshaw Associates is to hire former US secretary of the navy, Don Winter, as the prime minister’s special adviser on naval ship-building.
The contract runs for three years from 2021 to 2023.
You wrote an article recently that you hadn’t experienced sexism in Parliament, but you have experienced elitism. What do you mean by that?
For me, I went to a public school, I went through public housing, for me, I think the elitism, there’s a lot of people up here who believe they’re better than what you are, just because of my background.
I’m not the only one with that background who feels that way.
You can feel their aura. They’re looking down their nose at you. I had a minister – who walks into your office and checks the bottom of the rug and sees whether or not it’s, you know, whether it’s pure wool or not? For goodness sake, get a life.