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Monday, 23 November 2015
Page: 8638


Senator CANAVAN (QueenslandNationals Whip in the Senate) (16:03): Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CANAVAN: I seek leave because I have two confessions to make. My first confession is that I have only just learnt from the Greens with regard to the motions I put forward. I have long been a student of the motions that the Greens have put forward in this chamber over many years. I remember one day they moved a motion in support of Go Home On Time Day—a motion that held us back from going home from work on time. They moved that motion. When they accuse other senators of moving frivolous and vexatious motions, I take it as a great compliment.

My second confession is that sometimes I do like to eat a Quarter Pounder or a Big Mac or a pepperoni pizza. I confess that. As you can probably tell from looking at me, sometimes I give in to those desires and eat those particular products—and I do not think that is a bad thing. The coalition does not think that is necessarily a bad thing in moderation. It is completely different from smoking tobacco—that is ridiculous—because people can enjoy themselves without killing themselves and without the Greens overseeing every meal they have.

Question agreed to.