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Monday, 26 March 2018
Page: 2124

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (15:42): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CHISHOLM: I foreshadow that the opposition will be seeking to split the question on this motion and vote on parts (a) and (b) together and differently on parts (c), (d) and (e). Labor supports the first and second parts of this motion, condemning what Professor Dowsett wrote, in an article published 35 years ago, in support of the rights of paedophiles. However, Labor does not support parts (c), (d) and (e) of this motion, on the basis that to indirectly or directly call for specific actions against an individual, including for employment to be terminated, is not an appropriate use of the protections of parliamentary privilege in this instance, especially as that individual is outside of this parliament.