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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Page: 9936


Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (16:32): I would like to foreshadow that the opposition will seek to have the vote on this motion split. We would like to vote on paragraphs (a) and (b) together and separate paragraph (c) of this motion. I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CHISHOLM: Labor does support the call in the motion to have the documents relating to the interactions between the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Mr Don Burke released. I do understand that these documents can and will be provided by the government by 6.30 pm on 8 December; however, it is important that the part of this motion that deals with the order for production of documents passes and compels the minister to follow through on this agreement. While Labor does not and will never defend gender based discrimination, harassment, abuse and assault, a summary motion in the Senate is not an appropriate way to deal with these matters—not for victims, not for reformers and certainly not as a means to respond to perpetrators.

The PRESIDENT: I'll separate the motion as requested by Senator Chisholm. The question is that paragraphs (a) and (b) of motion No. 642 standing in the name of Senator Hanson-Young be agreed to.