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Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Page: 1472


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:50): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government does not support this motion. Mr Macfarlane is well aware of his responsibilities as a former minister and the government is confident he will abide by the statement of ministerial standards in his new role. There has been a history of former ministers from both sides of politics taking jobs in sectors related to their previous portfolios shortly after leaving parliament. It is up to each minister to ensure they abide by the statement of ministerial standards when they leave parliament.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that general business motion No. 67, moved by Senators Rhiannon and Waters, be agreed to.