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Thursday, 22 March 2012
Page: 2597

Senator JACINTA COLLINS (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations) (13:20): I seek leave to make a statement of less than one minute.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator JACINTA COLLINS: The government will not oppose this motion. The concerns of the opposition on this matter were first raised by way of this notice of motion and a related media release. Had the opposition raised this matter with the responsible minister, the Special Minister of State, it could have been sorted out quite quickly.

It is most regrettable that the opposition has sought to politicise Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee in this way. Diamond Jubilee portraits of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh will be made available to members and senators through the Department of Finance and Deregulation. It is expected that these portraits will be available shortly.