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Thursday, 30 November 2017
Page: 9348


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:00): I advise the Senate that Senator Birmingham will be absent from question time today. In Senator Birmingham's absence, Senator Payne will represent the Minister for Education and Training, and Senator Canavan will represent the Minister for the Environment and Energy.

The PRESIDENT: Senator Wong.

Senator Wong: I apologise; I was a little late to the chamber. Was there a reason given for the absences, because in the letter to me there wasn't? I just want to make sure the chamber has been advised.

The PRESIDENT: I couldn't quite hear all of Senator Brandis's statement myself. There were some interjections. Senator Brandis, do you have anything to add?

Senator Wong: I'm not going to inquire, but usually it's courtesy to say whether it's personal reasons or ministerial reasons.

Senator BRANDIS: Yes, I'm advised it's personal.