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Thursday, 26 November 2009
Page: 9042

Senator FAULKNER (Minister for Defence) (3:32 PM) —I am afraid I do not know very much about this. I cannot say what my colleague might do, but I can say that in the circumstances I have just been advised, my counsel would be to adopt the approach that I have suggested. That is all I can do. Otherwise I am in a position—having been advised as I have been—where I cannot grant leave. It would be much more sensible not to have the issue and to deal with it at a time when someone who is perhaps a first party, not a fifth party, to the issue can deal with it. Anyway, I am sensitive to the fact that we have a limited amount of time on the ministerial statement.