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Thursday, 12 September 2019
Page: 2065

Senator WATT (Queensland) (11:20): Yes, I would. Thank you, Chair. Unfortunately Senator McKim and his colleagues in the Greens never like to let the truth get in the way of a good political wedge against Labor. I would like to point out that, in fact, it was not Labor that proposed amendment (1), which I understand is the one that he is most exercised about. So I'm sorry to disappoint you, Senator McKim. You might have to find another reason to try and wedge Labor rather than focus on a government that is pillaging the environment that you say you care about. But keep coming after us; that's fine.

We did, however, propose amendments (2) to (5), which go to issues of press freedom. The Greens say they care about press freedom, but it was Labor that moved these amendments. Labor did not propose amendment (1) but will support it, it having been proposed, because it simply fixes a small anomaly in the bill, which currently includes a range of facilities as primary production facilities, including agriculture businesses, fish processing facilities and abattoirs. Sorry to disappoint you: we didn't propose the amendment. Your conspiracy—

Senator McKim: But you're supporting it.

Senator WATT: We are supporting it. Unfortunately, your conspiracy theory on this occasion is not true, but I'm sure we won't have to wait very long to see another one. So good luck, and I look forward to it.