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QUESTION ON NOTICE—ANSWER AND EXPLANATION

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to standing order 74, asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence (Senator Bob Carr) for an explanation of an answer not being provided to question on notice no. 2384 (notice given 19 October 2012) relating to the risk of a nuclear attack against Australia.

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) indicated that the minister was not present to provide an explanation.

Senator Ludlam moved—That the Senate take note of the minister's failure to provide either an answer or an explanation.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.