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Reaping the spoils of naughty language. On Wednesday last week the red chamber of parliament took on a blue hue as Employment Minister Michaelia Cash answered a Dorothy Dixer in question time about "instances of bullying, harassment or intimidation in the building and construction sector which should be condemned by all Australians but which, sadly, are not". The question, from Senator Joanna Lindgren, led Cash to quote from a Federal Court ruling against the CFMEU, in which a union official said to a foreman: "Hey scabby, gay boy, gay boy, gay boy, scabby" and to quote from Senate estimates, where it was alleged that a union organiser told a woman on site at Barangaroo: "I hope you brought your knee pads; you're going to be sucking off those dogs all day."