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Thursday, 25 June 2009
Page: 4366


Senator PARRY (4:33 PM) —by leave—I seek leave to make a very brief statement in referring a matter to the President.

Leave granted.


Senator PARRY —In response to questions asked of Senator Evans today in question time by Senator Sterle, Senator Evans—and I am raising this issue now because the Hansard has only just become available—said in one response:

... they, it seems, conspired to mislead the Senate during Senate committee hearings.

A second response was:

... they have been attempting to attack the Treasurer using false documents. Senator Abetz tried to use false documents at Senate estimates to mislead the Senate.

I ask that those two comments be referred to the President and further ask the President to report back to the Senate as to whether they are unparliamentary and whether they contain allegations that should not be contained within that type of response.