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Thursday, 29 November 2012
Page: 10206

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:55): I seek leave to make a short statement in relation to that motion.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator IAN MACDONALD: I should indicate that I have a conflict of interest in that I do ride my bike around part of the place where these works are proposed. I just hope that the trees being removed are not some of the trees that make Canberra so special.

Can I also say that I hope that this motion does not allow for any astroturfing. I wanted to mention 'astroturfing', because Senator Milne was able to say the word 53 times in her most recent contribution. Coming from the Greens political party, talking about astroturfing, when GetUp! are the ultimate astroturfer and they are there to astroturf for the Greens political party, it is absolutely incredible for Senator Milne to have the hide to accuse Senator Madigan and Senator Xenophon of astroturfing when then they are the arch architects of it. (Time expired)