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Thursday, 27 November 2014
Page: 9503


Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:04): I seek leave to make a one-minute statement on the motion.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator IAN MACDONALD: What Senator Milne has just said is completely incorrect, as are most of the things the Greens say in this parliament. The discharge of the oil was noted by a passer-by and reported to the authorities.

Senator Siewert: Doesn't mean the Sea Shepherd didn't do it—didn't report it.

Senator IAN MACDONALD: It was reported by Sea Shepherd after it had been reported by the authorities. So the importance of this motion is that there was some damage to the Great Barrier Reef that the Greens political party have never mentioned. Yet when anything else is remotely related to the Great Barrier Reef they are in this chamber shouting from the rooftop. Where were you when this happened? Where were you when this reckless and wilful discharge of oil into the Great Barrier Reef occurred? Nowhere, because it is an organisation associated with your former leader and involves the Sea Shepherd group. (Time expired)

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that general business notice of motion No. 545 be agreed to.