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Monday, 4 December 2017
Page: 9536

Senator STEELE-JOHN (Western Australia) (16:59): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator STEELE-JOHN: I did wonder, Mr President, how long it would be in my short tenure here before I sat within this place filled with disgust, but I guess we now know. Over 150 submissions were made to the Senate inquiry into this issue and, of the 30 recommendations made, the call for a royal commission was probably the most substantial. So, in its opposition to this motion this evening, the government is saying to those 150 submission makers that it simply doesn't care. It is absolutely disgraceful, and I will vote for this motion with pride.

Question agreed to.