Senate debates

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Bills

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016; In Committee

2:59 am

Photo of Jacinta CollinsJacinta Collins (Victoria, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Cabinet Secretary) Share this | Hansard source

I think, firstly, out of respect for my colleague, we should highlight, at least for the record of this discussion, that the minister is now sitting here again—I did not, on this occasion, observe the shrug. I know that Senator Macdonald is happy to run the government line and claim that the question has been answered. The fact of the matter is—I think Senator O'Neill made the point quite well—in each discussion, there has not been an adequate answer. This is what is frustrating Senator Carr now. I was actually going to return to this area, because I found the minister's representation of the provisions that were repealed somewhat limiting when he was responding to Senator Muir earlier. He was not putting all of the relevant facts earlier on that occasion. I note in the comments that he made a moment ago—I am sorry, Senator Carr, to magnify your frustration for a moment while I make this point, but I was going to return to the earlier discussion—I am sorry, Chair, I cannot hear myself, with Senator Macdonald barrelling across the chamber.

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