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Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Page: 7923


Senator RUSTON (South AustraliaAssistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific) (15:56): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RUSTON: The government does not support this motion. It is imperative that departments and agencies are able to provide frank, fearless advice to government. Tabling briefs to ministers or the government would undermine the confidence of officials to provide this advice and would prejudice the decisions of government.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that general business notice of motion No. 1174 be agreed to.