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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Page: 1013


Senator LAMBIE (Tasmania) (16:00): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator LAMBIE: This notice of motion is brilliant. It acknowledges that Tasmania has defence knowledge, capabilities and capacities to participate in the Defence industries sector. It outlines a brilliant plan using the resources, research and technical skills of the University of Tasmania through the Australian Maritime College for Tasmanian business to win a share of our nation's massive Defence budget. However, I cannot vote for it because of one significant fault. The Liberal and Labor senators who have crafted and signed this notice of motion have not acknowledged that the author of this plan is Professor Peter Rathjen, the Vice-Chancellor of UTas. As this notion of motion stands, the people of Tasmania could be tricked into believing this was created by the Liberal and Labor Parties. I believe in giving credit where credit is due, not taking credit for the work of others. I know it is Professor Rathjen's plan because he told me about it on Tuesday, 7 February and I relayed it personally to the Prime Minister on Wednesday, 8 February and the Leader of the Opposition on Thursday, 9 February. Let's give credit where credit is due and show some leadership. Goodness me!

Senator Carol Brown interjecting

The PRESIDENT: Order! Senators Brown and Lambie.