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Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Page: 2785

Minister for Agriculture

Mr FITZGIBBON (Hunter) (15:03): My question is to the Minister for Agriculture. I refer him to his answers during question time yesterday regarding the sacking of the secretary of the Department of Agriculture. I also refer him to an article today by Courier-Mail journalist Dennis Atkins, in which he says:

His dissembling in Parliament just makes it look like he's got something to hide.

Will the minister now give a full and frank account of his meeting with the secretary on October 27 last year in which the changes to his Hansard were clearly raised?

Mr JOYCE (New EnglandMinister for Agriculture) (15:04): I thank the member for Hunter for his question. Might I say that this answer has been dealt with by the Prime Minister, properly dealt with by PM&C. And, to be honest, if the best he's got is an article written by Dennis Atkins—if that is as proficient as you can be—then, mate, you haven't got much at all.