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Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Page: 5840


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:46): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government opposes the motion. It has been the longstanding practice of both coalition and Labor governments not to release legal advice to government. There is no reason whatsoever to depart from that practice in this instance.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion—Senator Gallagher, are you seeking leave?

Senator Gallagher: Sorry, I'm just not clear on what the amendment is—just the time, is it?

The PRESIDENT: And that has been circulated in the chamber, I understand. The question is that the motion moved by Senator Di Natale for the order of production of documents be agreed to.