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Thursday, 26 June 2014
Page: 4030


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (12:42): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: The government does not support this motion. A number of potential claimants have alleged financial losses due to the Commonwealth’s temporary suspension of live animal exports to Indonesia in June 2011. No court proceedings have been filed yet. Whether or not to file proceedings is a matter for the claimants. The internal correspondence referred to in the notice is, I am advised, subject to legal professional privilege.

Question negatived.