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Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Page: 2169


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (17:25): Mr President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: I think this is absurd—the idea that we are sending our Defence personnel into these environments, the fact that we spend hundreds of millions of Australian taxpayers' dollars on these operations and that the rest of the world is asking Australia to be clear about our humanitarian responses. I acknowledged in the motion everything that the government has done and pay absolute tribute to that, but it is not enough. Then there is the fact that they are not even prepared to allow this to be discussed here today. If they want a full-on debate then I will find an opportunity to bring on a full-on debate. We have asked in the chamber many times to debate our involvement in Iraq and Syria, and the government continue to shut it down. It is a disgrace.