Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Burke, Mr Donald William; Order for the Production of Documents
Labor does support the call in the motion to have the documents relating to the interactions between the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Mr Don Burke released. I do understand that these documents can and will be provided by the government by 6.30 pm on 8 December; however, it is important that the part of this motion that deals with the order for production of documents passes and compels the minister to follow through on this agreement. While Labor does not and will never defend gender based discrimination, harassment, abuse and assault, a summary motion in the Senate is not an appropriate way to deal with these matters—not for victims, not for reformers and certainly not as a means to respond to perpetrators.