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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Page: 4411

Senator McKIM (Tasmania) (18:42): I didn't intend to speak again and I will only be brief. Did I actually just hear the minister say that amendments like this should be the subject of proper scrutiny by the Senate and the public? After he is jamming through, with Labor's acquiescence, 280 amendments—

Senator Cameron: How many?

Senator McKIM: There are 280, Senator Cameron—with a complete lack of capacity for the public to have a say directly to this Senate, because of the Labor and coalition parties refusing the Greens' motion to refer these bills to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry. So I just wanted to place on the record that the minister's argument is spurious and highly hypocritical.