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Monday, 20 March 2017
Page: 1479


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate, Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts) (21:47): We are as opposed to the practice as you are, Senator Xenophon—

Senator Dastyari: Except you voted for it!

Senator FIFIELD: Sam, just grow up, for once in your life!

Senator Dastyari interjecting

The TEMPORARY CHAIR ( Senator Back ): Order!

Senator Dastyari: Don't stand up and lie.

The TEMPORARY CHAIR: Senator Dastyari! Resume your seat, Minister. Senator Dastyari, can I invite you to withdraw that imputation, please.

Senator Dastyari: I withdraw the imputation.

Senator FIFIELD: Senator Xenophon, this is not a contest as to who is more opposed to this particular practice; we all are. We have a process in place that we are pursuing to address this.