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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Page: 9929


Senator PATRICK (South Australia) (16:17): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator PATRICK: This motion flows from a constituent who tried and failed to get access to the formal definition the government has used for the term 'broad community support' using the freedom of information laws. The government has refused to provide her with that definition. The government is seeking to withhold from her a critical definition that they used in a decision that was about her and, supposedly, for her. She wasn't asking for instructions on how to fire a missile from one of our Navy ships or for details on the latest operations of our security services—no. She just wanted the definition of 'broad community support'. I urge the chamber to support this motion.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that notice of motion No. 643, as amend, be agreed to.