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Wednesday, 11 May 1994
Page: 641


Senator COLLINS (Minister for Primary Industries and Energy) —by leave—As the Leader of the Government in the Senate has observed, this nonsense really has plumbed the depths of pathos; it is pathetic. I want to say very briefly that Senator McMullan is one of the last senators anyone could possibly accuse of going overseas when he does not need to—


Senator Ian Macdonald —This is a valuable contribution!


Senator COLLINS —I am speaking in response to Senator Macdonald's interjection because he is a Queensland senator. I am rising to respond to the offensive remarks he made about Senator McMullan by way of interjection during that debate. In respect of Senator McMullan's last overseas trip—to Marrakech—as far as this portfolio was concerned, the Australian beef industry, most of which is concentrated in Queensland, achieved 13,000 tonnes of additional beef quota into Canada. As I noted in the advice that came from our post there, that came about as a direct result of a conversation Senator McMullan had with his Canadian counterpart on behalf of this country. That was warmly welcomed by the Australian beef industry. I hope that Senator McMullan's current overseas trip is as successful for Australia as the last one.