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Thursday, 28 June 2018
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Senator SESELJA (Australian Capital TerritoryAssistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation) (11:16): The short answer is no. There is nothing in what you've described which would point to the priest in those circumstances acting deceptively or in a covert fashion. The provision we're referring to, obviously, deals with circumstances where things are deliberately remaining deceptive or hidden in a way that would cause confusion. The fact that the Catholic priest is talking to his church about an issue that he is concerned about and then making representations or campaigning in whatever way does not engage that definition in terms of being covert or deceptive.