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Monday, 4 December 2017
Page: 9527

Senator HINCH (Victoria) (16:30): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator HINCH: Senator Di Natale, we've had bullies and bigots elected to this parliament. I agree with a lot of what you've said about this man. I don't want to make him a martyr. I go back to the case of David Irving, when he was banned from coming to Australia and was turned into a bit of a martyr by all of the people who were holocaust deniers. It was in my days as a journalist, so I interviewed him on television, by satellite, from overseas, argued with him and tried to tear him apart. That's what should be done with this man here. He should not be made into a martyr.

The PRESIDENT: As previously advised to whips and the crossbench, I am tabling a letter written by me and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to Senator Di Natale in response to his letter of last week regarding this matter.

I now put the first part of the motion, paragraphs (a) to (c), of notice of motion No. 630, moved by Senator Di Natale.

Question agreed to.

The PRESIDENT: I now put paragraph (d).

Question negatived.