Wednesday, 14 November 2018
I seek leave to make a personal statement.
Senator Cameron has now misrepresented me several times as a result of a question that I asked during Senate budget estimates earlier this year in the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee. As the Hansard of 30 May clearly shows, the question that Senator Cameron continuously misrepresents me on is as follows:
Would it not be of greater value to write to those people—those being the contractors and the subcontractors—who had a legal obligation to pay?
On 19 July, in a media release, Senator Cameron claimed:
I'm astonished that Liberals like Senator Jim Molan would defend Woolworths as he did in Senate Estimates recently.
If it had only been once in July, I'd have been more than happy to overlook the misrepresentation, but yesterday Senator Cameron returned to his misrepresentation when, as recorded in Hansard, he said:
During that questioning, Senator Molan interjected to defend Woolworths' position—
which, of course, I did not. Senator Cameron went on to say:
… for any coalition senator to intervene on behalf of a company like Woolworths when I'm questioning them about stealing the wages of workers is an outrage, and Senator Molan should be absolutely ashamed of himself—
which, of course, I did not. Once might be explainable; twice, in my view, needs intervention. I seek leave to table the documents that refer to this.
I understand that it is common practice for senators to be advised of this. I suggest that this be viewed as an inadvertent oversight. I'm sure it was not intentional. Senator Cameron will obviously have an opportunity to address it at some point—by leave, I would imagine—if he wishes to do so, courtesy of the chamber.