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Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Page: 9660


Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (15:37): Mr President, I seek leave to make a very short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator SIEWERT: I have had this notice of motion on the Notice Paper for a number of weeks now, and I have been postponing it because the Minister for Indigenous Affairs has been in the process of trying to address this issue. I am pleased to say that the minister has now announced some funding for this service, so this motion is no longer necessary. I thank the minister very much for attending to this issue and making sure that this vital service is funded. It is a pity that the government of New South Wales did not do so. I am not often in here congratulating the government, but I do congratulate the government on the fact that it has taken up this issue and has now funded this vital service.