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Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Page: 4242


Senator CHRIS EVANS (Western AustraliaMinister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (18:04): Could I indicate that, given the intensity and complexity of the questions, I am going to bow to Senator Feeney, who has much greater expertise in these matters than I. The government has decided to send in the A team and I have been dragged. I think you will find that Senator Feeney brings a level of expertise, Senator, that you will appreciate.

Senator Xenophon: Mr Chairman, on a point of order: isn't sarcasm against the standing orders?

The CHAIRMAN: Senator Xenophon, that is not a point of order.

Senator CHRIS EVANS: I was throwing myself on the mercy of the chamber.

Senator Feeney: Actually, you were throwing me on the mercy of the chamber.

Senator CHRIS EVANS: Senator Feeney, who has been photographed recently as a member of the Greens, will be handling these matters of environment—

Senator Feeney: With a green tie.

Senator CHRIS EVANS: with a green tie on for the government. I defer to his superior expertise.

The CHAIRMAN: Senator Feeney, do you wish to add further comment?