Senate debates

Wednesday, 13 February 2019


Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education

4:52 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1384, standing in my name, by omitting all words after 'minutes' in part (c) and inserting 'to explain this apparent inconsistency'.

Leave granted.

I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that on 25 October 2017, the then Minister for Jobs and Small Business (Senator Cash) told a supplementary Budget estimates hearing that her media adviser, Mr De Garis, had received information that raids on the AWU may take place 'from a media source';

(b) further notes that, in court proceedings on 12 February 2019, Mr De Garis has now named the Minister's then-Chief of Staff as the source of the information; and

(c) orders the Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, to attend the Senate at 2 pm on Thursday, 14 February 2019, prior to questions being called on, to make a statement of not more than five minutes to explain this apparent inconsistency.


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