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Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Page: 3489


Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:13): Like Senator Williams, I have a very keen interest in the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2011 Measures No. 1) Bill 2011. The bill is one that relates to facts and what reality is all about. If I might slightly digress by saying: I just cannot understand how a political party can have a particular approach to actions—like a political party that might have an approach to plebiscites and getting the views of various people on issues like this legislation. But I am aware that Family First, for example, had a very strong policy in favour of consultation, of plebiscites, of getting the ideas of other people, and that is why—

Senator Lundy: Madam Acting Deputy President, I rise on a point of order: relevance. I understand that Senator Macdonald is waiting for the shadow minister, but it is still appropriate to maintain his comments relevant to the bill at hand.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Hurley ): Yes. Senator Macdonald, please relate your remarks to the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2011 Measures No. 1) Bill 2011.

Senator IAN MACDONALD: Madam Acting Deputy President, I am highly offended that anyone might suggest that I was not being relevant. My high dudgeon is such that I will not take part in this debate any longer.