Senate debates

Monday, 24 June 2013

Personal Explanations

3:41 pm

Photo of Ian MacdonaldIan Macdonald (Queensland, Liberal Party, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia) Share this | | Hansard source

In the debate that occurred before question time, I was misrepresented and I seek leave under standing orders to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

During the debate on guillotining yet more bills, Senator Milne, the Leader of the Greens, indicated that I had pleaded and demanded that the Sugar Research and Development Services Bill 2013 be included in the guillotine. That is simply not correct. It is true that I asked the minister and the Greens if they could ensure that this Sugar Research and Development Services Bill, which is so important to the sugar industry, was dealt with in this sitting of parliament, but to suggest that I wanted it as part of the guillotine is simply wrong.