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Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Page: 827


Senator HINCH (Victoria) (17:18): I seek leave to make a personal statement.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Ketter ): Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator HINCH: I would like to put on record that last night at the whips meeting it was decided that an MPI would not happen today and that the time would be devoted to our Indigenous Australians to talk about closing the gap. We in my party all thought that was a great idea. We did not submit an MPI this morning. I do not blame the Greens; they won the raffle. But I think the opposition was wrong in going for an MPI today when closing the gap was far more important. We have discussed energy many, many other times in the Senate.