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Wednesday, 30 March 2022
Page: 505

Senator McKENZIE (VictoriaMinister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education and Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (15:57): I just briefly wanted to extend thanks, on behalf of coalition senators and, obviously, the National Party more broadly, to Senator McMahon for her service. Nigel Scullion left very, very big shoes to fill, but you brought a very typical Territory attitude, guts and bravery to the role. You called a spade a spade. You called things as you saw it. You were brutally honest at times with your colleagues, whether it be in the party room, in this place or in the committee work you undertook.

You listed your list of achievements, and they're significant. It's because you used the processes available to you and the fact that you had a team and a party that was going to back you in, and you were able to deliver real outcomes.

One of the things you focused on was your love of the Defence Force and your concern for defence industry, our sovereignty and security more broadly. The conversations you had within the committee but also with Minister Dutton to that effect, I think, have been taken very seriously by the government.

I want to thank you. I want to wish you all the best. I look forward to going shooting in the Territory when I get up there. Thanks for your service.