Senate debates

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Questions without Notice

Racial Discrimination Act 1975

2:19 pm

Photo of George BrandisGeorge Brandis (Queensland, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | Hansard source

Senator Singh, you can do better than that—you really can do better than that. In fact, as I said in answer to the primary—

Senator Fifield interjecting—

Yes, she can, Senator Fifield. Don't be so unkind! You are being unchivalrous. As I said in my answer to the primary question, in fact I had no meetings with anyone from the IPA or, for that matter, with representatives of any conservative think tank from the start of the consultation process, shortly after the federal election, until I took a submission to cabinet on Monday evening. I did, however, have numerous meetings with a variety of representatives from different ethnic community groups who have been good enough to acknowledge the exhaustiveness of the process of consultation which I undertook. That process of consultation continues, with the publication of an exposure draft to which all members of the community—including you, Senator Singh—are welcome to contribute. (Time expired)


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