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Thursday, 26 November 2009
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Senator CARR (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) (1:50 PM) —I thank Senator Mason for his comments. I am particularly pleased to see that he is still able to make those comments from the front bench. He has served the Liberal Party well in his role with a very limited brief. He has an enormous challenge with the limited brief that he has. I think he has approached his duties with remarkable diligence. I trust that your resignation has not been accepted, Senator, although it is not clear whether or not that is the case. In the reshuffle that I understand is about to come, I look forward to you being able to take on increased responsibilities for the coalition in this area.

Opposition senators interjecting—

Senator CARR —It is a suggestion. Despite just how thin the argument that Senator Mason has to pursue is, he does it with skill. He does keep some pretty ordinary company, given the people I have seen him sitting with in recent times, but he does it well.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.