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Monday, 26 March 2018
Page: 2124


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:41): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: Issues relating to child protection and child exploitation are serious and draw the rightful condemnation of members of this government. Universities enjoy autonomy to operate and freedom of thought within the regulatory framework. However, as recipients of taxpayer funding, universities must ensure they operate within the law and in accordance with the community's expectations.