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Thursday, 7 December 2017
Page: 10112


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:17): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government supports the motion. Practising freedom of speech requires that we allow others to do likewise, free from any hindrance or obstruction. It is a privilege for all members, senators and staff to work in this building, and it is deeply regrettable that some members of staff would seek to abuse that privilege by behaving in the manner we witnessed this week. Shame on them.