Australian Greens marriage equality spokesperson Robert Simms says Nationals MP Andrew Broad's comments linking rams "mounting each other" in a paddock to same sex relationships must condemned by the new leader of his party.
"There seems to be a bit of a habit on the conservative side of politics for bringing these absurd and shameful comments into the debate. They really are scraping at the bottom of the barrel," Senator Simms said.
Senator RICE: I want to talk about the issue of people being removed from the electoral roll because they are of unsound mind.
Mr Rogers: I will call Mr Gateley, who is my roll expert and is very well versed in this particular area.
Senator RICE: You might need to put this on notice, but can you tell us how many people have been removed from electoral rolls for reasons of unsound mind since the federal election in 2013?
Senator RICE: I want to start with forest products—plantations and regional forest agreements.
CHAIR: Could I put on record that Mr Thompson has approached the table having broken his leg in a bicycle accident. Welcome back.
Mr Thompson: Thank you, Senator. If I was a horse, someone might have shot me.
CHAIR: That is what they say about me!