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Thursday, 14 February 2019
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Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (12:03): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator SIEWERT: While this motion outlines some of the work and some of the life of Captain James Cook, it doesn't outline other areas of his activities and, in particular, those activities that caused distress and continue to cause distress to a number of people. For that reason we cannot support a motion that includes the line 'the significant role he played laying the groundwork for the establishment of our great nation', because that is contested by a large number of particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Question agreed to.