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Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Page: 235


Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:06): Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a very short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator IAN MACDONALD: I had indicated to the Greens that I would be denying formality on the basis that the premise of the motion is erroneous, and maliciously erroneous, and I thought the matter should go to a full debate. I have been persuaded that it might be better to allow a vote to be had on the motion at this stage, so I just want to explain that to the Greens, to whom I had indicated I would be denying formality.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Waters be agreed to.