Speeches in the Senate


Matters of Public Importance - Management of Protected Species

13th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:06): The issue raised by Senator Hinch has been around a long time. I've been in the Senate almost 30 years, and it was an issue 30 years ago. Since that time, advances have been made. We all appreciate that the dugong and turtle are very special animals but a...

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Motions - Murray-Darling Basin

13th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:21): A point of order. I'm not sure which amendment has been circulated in the chamber. It certainly hasn't been circulated to me. If the mover can actually say exactly what the amendment is perhaps we don't need it circulated in the chamber, but it certainly ...

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Matters of Public Importance - Environment

12th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:11): I join this debate and echo the words of Senator Fierravanti-Wells. I express my concern and sorrow to those who have been affected by disasters recently and across time immemorial. I'm disappointed that the Greens would use these human tragedies to try t...

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Bills - Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 - In Committee

11th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:26): If we were required to tell the absolute truth in advertising, the Greens would have nothing to campaign upon. The Greens try to tell you that the Barrier Reef is dead, and they will be running that in their next election campaign. We know that is a...

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Bills - Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017, Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

11th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:04): The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017 is an important bill relating to broadcasting and communication reform. As other speakers have mentioned, the key elements of this package are the abolition of broadcasting licence...

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Bills - Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

11th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (20:18): Thank you, Mr Deputy President. I appreciate that. I can barely remember that long ago, but they were interesting times. The Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Bill 2017 relates to an amendment of Australia's insolvency laws. I...

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Bills - Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Defence Force) Bill 2017 - Third Reading

7th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:17): I wasn't intending to take part in this debate, but I get sick and tired of certain politicians, particularly Senator Lambie, coming into this chamber and throwing one-liners away about how awful the Department of Veterans' Affairs is and how it's a...

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Motions - Clean Energy Target

7th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:22): I am so delighted the Labor Party have raised this subject for debate this afternoon. I can't for the life of me understand why they would want to do it. This debate highlights that the Labor Party federally have no policies whatsoever to address the ...

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Statements - Northern Australia

6th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:41): Northern Australia, and that part of northern Australia which I represent in Queensland, have had huge advancements and successes in recent years, for many reasons, not the least of which is the Abbott and Turnbull government's White paper on dev...

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Answers to Questions on Notice - Question Nos 298, 300, 301, 312, 313, 342, 357, 359, 365

5th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:29): Another stunt by the Labor Party, because we happen to be on broadcast today. We've just had a 20-minute adjournment speech on a matter where a senator hopes to get a headline in her local media over these issues, which, in fact, if you know about NBN...

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Bills - Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

5th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:49): I wasn't really intending to participate in this debate but I heard some speakers before and thought there was such a misconception of what the actual bill is about and, more importantly, the arguments surrounding the bill and amendment moved by the L...

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Bills - Migration Amendment (Validation of Decisions) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

4th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:12): The greatest challenge for any government in these difficult times is to ensure the safety of all Australians and people who come to Australia. For that reason, many decisions which in the past we as parliamentarians perhaps wouldn't have been enamour...

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Matters of Public Importance - Family Court

4th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:36): I thank Senator Burston for raising this matter of public importance regarding the Family Law Act, because this is of course an ongoing matter of great public importance. Having said that, I might say to the mover that it is perhaps a fraction early o...

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Parliamentary Representation - Qualifications of Senators

4th September 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:16): I don't want to prolong this, but the hypocrisy of the Greens political party knows no bounds. Senator Brandis explained the timing of Senator Nash's announcement. Senator McKim, from the Greens political party, was at the legal and constitutional aff...

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Bills - Communications Legislation Amendment (Executive Remuneration) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

17th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:44): I agree with some of what Senator Hanson has just said. She makes, in my view, a very good point: that the leader of our nation, the Prime Minister, from whichever political party, is paid a fraction of what many other people are paid in this communit...

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Commitees - Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters - Report

17th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:21): I congratulate the chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, who does an exceptional and, I think, quite amazing job in addressing the issues which the committee is inquiring into—in this instance, the 2016 election, in all ...

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Condolences - Gibson, Hon. Brian Francis AM

17th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:57): I too wanted to associate myself with the remarks that my leader and other speakers have made about Brian Gibson. I served with him in all the time he was here, and he was a real gentleman—perhaps unsuited to being in parliament because he was...

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Documents - Deputy Prime Minister - Order for the Production of Documents

17th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:30): This is a motion to suspend standing orders to deal with a matter that has already been raised a number of times in this chamber. If there is any doubt whatsoever about any member of parliament, the right institution to determine that is the High Cour...

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Bills - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill 2017 - Second Reading

16th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:28): I despair that in this chamber, and in parliament, there are so many ill-informed politicians taking part in debates such as this and passing off to unsuspecting members of the public who might be listening to this debate their ideological campaigns a...

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Adjournment - Agriculture Industry

15th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:35): The title of my address tonight will be 'The ongoing saga of the Marella Jubes'. Back in 1994 in what I humbly say was one of my better speeches, I told the Senate about how, while being addicted to the jubes, I had noticed a change in the composition...

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Committees - Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee - Report

15th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:46): This is a very useful report with a number of very useful recommendations, and the government will, no doubt, look at them and respond in due course. I congratulate the chairman, Senator Gallacher, and deputy chairman, Senator McKenzie. I also pay tri...

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Take note of answers - Deputy Prime Minister

15th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:18): It's with some sadness that I see and note and have to say that the Labor Party clearly have no idea of foreign matters and seek to trivialise very, very serious matters. It's like Senator Dastyari, when talking about the prospective major terrorist a...

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Matter of Public Importance - Australia

14th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:37): I'm not sure that I'm in the right debate. I read that the debate is about secure jobs and fairer wages, tackling rising power prices and investing in education and health, and that's a great description of the Turnbull Liberal-National government. It...

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Condolences - Giles, Senator Patricia Jessie AM

10th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:59): As perhaps the only current senator who served in this chamber with then Senator Giles, I want to say a few words on the condolence motion and offer my sympathies and condolences to Pat's family and friends. I certainly want to be associated with the ...

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Motions - Great Barrier Reef

9th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:03): I, and also on behalf of Senator O'Sullivan, move: That the Senate acknowledges that— (a) on 5 July 2017, the World Heritage Committee unanimously endorsed Australia's Reef 2050 Plan and the progress made to implement this plan; (b) the decision...

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Motions - Energy

9th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:45): I thank everyone for staying with us. Obviously, it's the highlight of general business today and it's not only a motion from me; it's also from Senator O'Sullivan. The wording got a bit convoluted on the amendment. I seek leave to amend general busin...

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Take note of answers - Marriage

9th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:06): Sorry, Senator Brandis, this is hard. I quite like Senator Pratt but I cannot believe she is running this argument today. A plebiscite done by the government is bad for her friend who needs medicines, but two plebiscites run by the Labor Party are, ap...

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Statements - North Queensland

9th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:17): Today I want to talk about two significant industries in what we all know and acknowledge and agree is the best part of Australia, and that is northern Australia—in particular, northern Queensland. There would be no-one in this chamber who would...

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Bills - Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

8th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:43): For those listening to this debate, you may not have understood from my friend and colleague, the previous speaker, what this bill, the Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017, is about. I just mention initially that this bill is about ban...

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Matter of Public Importance - Economy

8th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:04): The title of this debate, 'The need for the economy to work in the interests of working Australians', is typical Labor division and misunderstanding of what government is about. We want to have a good economy not just for working Australians but for a...

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Adjournment - Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

8th August 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:19): I recently received from Professor Louis Schofield, Director of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, the 2016 annual report of that organisation. Based in the tropics of northern Australia, AITHM was founded in 2013-14 with the as...

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Bills - Productivity Commission Amendment (Addressing Inequality) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

22nd June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:47): Listening to this debate, and particularly the previous two speakers, with their socialist rhetoric, brings to my mind some maxims that were first mentioned in the 19th century by the philosopher Reverend Bottger, sometimes attributed to Abraham Lin...

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Committees - Selection of Bills Committee - Report

22nd June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:08): I am the chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, to which the citizenship bill has been referred. I have already been in touch with the secretariat to try to work out a schedule for approval by the committee at an urgent m...

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Committees - Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee - Report

21st June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:37): I regret to say that there is barely a skerrick of truth in what senators have just heard from the chairman of this committee, and I have to say that even speaking on this report—if I could call it that—is an embarrassment to me. The repor...

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Condolences - Walters, Ms Mary Shirley

21st June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:01): In paying my respects to Shirley Walters and my condolences to her family, I want to mention some personal reflections I have of Shirley Walters. I arrived in this chamber as a very fresh, new, somewhat shy senator from way up there in the bush, and I...

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Statements - North Queensland, Mining

21st June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:46): Today I want to raise a number of issues that are particularly important to my constituency, which is the state of Queensland. But I particularly want to refer to the north, where I am based. Unfortunately I am now the only senator in Queensland based...

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Valedictory - Senator Chris Back

20th June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:58): Many words have been spoken tonight about Chris much more eloquently than I could, and I genuinely endorse them all. Such is Chris's influence for good in this chamber and everywhere he goes that I found myself for the first time perhaps in my life fu...

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Bills - Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

19th June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:05): This is a bill whose time has at last come. The Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 is a bill that I believe should have been introduced many, many years ago, to ensure that imported goods under $1,000 had the same tax on them as t...

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Matter of Public Importance - Energy

19th June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:51): It is always interesting to hear what the Labor Party might do, what they might talk about. We have heard what the Labor Party's policy was in 2015 and 2017. In both years they were in opposition and they could not do anything. But what the previous s...

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Bills- Environment and Infrastructure Legislation Amendment (Stop Adani) Bill 2017

15th June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:50): In my 27 years in the Senate, I have heard a lot of speeches. I have heard a lot of speeches from the Greens political party senators and I know a great many of them are based on deliberate mistruths. But never have I heard a speech like the one I hav...

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Statements

15th June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:03): I seek leave to make a statement to the chamber congratulating Senator Farrell on his calm, professional and exemplary leadership he has shown as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate this week. The PRESIDENT: Is leave granted? Senator Farrell:&...

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Matter of Public Importance - Purchase of New Dwellings by Foreign Non-Residents

14th June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:15): It is good that this time of debating in the Senate chamber has taken on a very serious subject today. Too often in these matters of public importance we are debating motions put up by the Greens political party, which are simply based on fantasy and ...

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Statements By Senators - Australian Defence Force

14th June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:14): As Australians, we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the men and women of the Australian Defence Force. Our Defence Force is recognised around the world for its professionalism, leadership and capability. As Australians, everywhere we go in the...

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Notices - Presentation

13th June 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:38): I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move: That the Senate: (a) congratulates the federal Minister for Resources and Northern Australia and the Queensland state Premier for their leadership in bringing the Adani Carmichael coalmine ...

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Bills - Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

11th May 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:32): I have already made a few brief comments on this bill, the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017, and I want to curtail my remarks because I think it is very important that this bill is voted on this afternoon so that we ca...

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Bills - Competition and Consumer Legislation Amendment (Small Business Access to Justice) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

11th May 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:30): I am pleased that the Labor Party—at least their rhetoric—is about giving small business a fair go. I applaud that stated aim. I am pleased that Senator Gallagher, who has introduced this bill, has talked to small business in Canberra&mdas...

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Business - Rearrangement

11th May 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (09:52): I want to read, for Senator Siewert's benefit, from a letter the National Native Title Council wrote to the Attorney on 5 May. In case Senator Siewert is not aware, I will quote from the second paragraph of the letter first, just to indicate who the N...

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Bills - Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

10th May 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:36): I want to make a few brief remarks on the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017 as I was the Chairman of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee that conducted an inquiry into these proposed amendm...

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Committees - Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee - Report

9th May 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:05): This report by the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee is, to my recollection, probably the fourth or fifth or sixth report that this Senate has done on the Nauru and Manus Island centres. These reports all stem from the goal of the ...

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Matters of Public Importance - Mining Industry: Adani

9th May 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:11): For those who might be listening to this debate on the Adani mine, one can understand why the Greens political party is on the downwards slide. Unfortunately perhaps for democracy, nobody takes any notice of them anymore, and the previous speech exemp...

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Bills - Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 - Second Reading

30th March 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:40): I want to contribute a few words to this debate on the Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, mainly in my role as Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, which inquired into this piece of legislation on behalf of t...

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Statements - Bell group Litigation

30th March 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:19): I want to indicate a view that I perhaps can hold more than anyone else, because I have been in this parliament more than anyone else. I just say that Senator Brandis is probably the best Attorney-General I have ever experienced in this chamber. Senat...

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Adjournment - Cyclone Debbie

29th March 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:27): Tonight I want to very briefly but very sincerely pay tribute to all of those who assisted selflessly during Cyclone Debbie, which ravaged parts of North Queensland in the past few days, and those who are still assisting in its aftermath. I cannot men...

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Answers to Questions on Notice - Question No. 341

22nd March 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:24): It must be broadcast day in the Senate. The Labor Party senator who just spoke must be suffering a bit of relevance deprivation syndrome in that she needs 20 minutes to raise an issue—and to raise it improperly, I might say, and I will come to t...

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Committees - Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters - Report

22nd March 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:48): I also want to say just a few words on the Second interim report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 federal election: foreign donations, by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, and the recommendation that Senator Leyonhjelm...

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Committees - Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee - Report

22nd March 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:18): It is typical of this whole inquiry that this debate finishes in one minute. The Labor Party have taken all the time so that I will be prevented from saying anything. That is typical of the way this committee is run. The hearings of the committee are ...

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Adjournment - Ikin, Ms Noeline

21st March 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:34): Tonight I want to place on record a tribute to a great Australian who passed away in February this year after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Noeline Ikin in her short life did so much to help others and, had not this insidious disease struck, I...

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Take Note of Answers - Racial Discrimination Act 1975

21st March 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:17): I am very, very proud to live in a country like Australia. We all recognise that we are living in the most successful multicultural society in the world, built on a foundation of mutual respect. We are not a racist country; neither I nor anyone on thi...

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Matters of Public Importance - Freedom of Religion

20th March 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:19): I thought this debate was about freedom of speech, not about so-called marriage equality. All I can say to the previous speaker, Senator Rice, is that, if she had voted the right way a couple of months ago, this would have been a done deal by now. It ...

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Bills - Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 - Second Reading

16th February 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:13): In opposing the retrospective parts of this legislation, I at least remain true to Liberal principles and to the principles of my party in fierce opposition to any retrospective legislation, no matter how popular the cause might be on any particular occas...

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Bills - Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Preliminary Assessment Process) Bill 2017 - Second Reading

16th February 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (09:53): I am very pleased to be able to contribute to the debate on the Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Preliminary Assessment Process) Bill 2017 today. I congratulate Senator Burston for bringing this bill before the parliament and highlighting an i...

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Matters of Public Importance - Renewable Energy

14th February 2017

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Matters of Public Importance - Western Australia State Election

13th February 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:09): On 25 January this year Evan Moorehead, the state secretary of the Labor Party in Queensland, speaks with a One Nation official: 'Hey, mate, here's the deal: One Nation's to run dead in Queensland Labor seats and in return Labor'—that very principl...

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National Integrity Commission Bill 2013 - Second Reading

9th February 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (09:53): My contempt knows no end for parliamentarians who use this cowards' castle to play the populous game to further their own careers by innuendo, making claims against individual Australians, corporations and colleagues in this place. We have just heard such ...

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Motions - Resources Industry

9th February 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:42): I move: That the Senate— (a) notes the substantial contribution to the economic health of North Queensland provided by the resources industry; (b) acknowledges that the resources industry:    (i) contributed $2.97 billion in gross regi...

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Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Bill 2016 - Second Reading

8th February 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:15): I might start where Senator Lambie finished—and Senator Xenophon made mention of this too. That is, some years ago when I was the minister for fisheries—I did not do it all by myself—but the department in conjunction with other regulatory...

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Matter of Public Importance - Turnbull Government

8th February 2017

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Answers to Questions on Notice

7th February 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:29): Just briefly, I do not know this particular area terribly well—I am a Queensland senator from the north—but whenever the Greens run a campaign you always have to be suspicious. I want to thank Senator Back very much for telling those of us in t...

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Condolences - Professor Russell Trood

7th February 2017

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:02): I also want to place on record my admiration for my friend and Queensland Liberal colleague Russell Trood, and express my sadness at his untimely passing. It is always difficult in these condolence motions to follow speakers of eloquence like my leader, Ge...

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Committees - Senate Standing Committee of Privileges

1st December 2016

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Take note of answers - Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Employment

30th November 2016

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Bills - Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 - In Committee

29th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:08): I did want to contribute to this important amendment, but before I do that can I just respond—this is a debate—to Senator Cameron. What did he call me? A 'right-wing ideologue'? Well, I have always classed myself in the moderate wing of the Lib...

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Matter of Public Importance - Revenue

29th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:55): This Bell issue all arose from those horrid days, decades ago now, but summarised by the term 'WA Inc.' Let me tell you what Wikipedia says about WA Inc.; I use Wikipedia because it has a fairly succinct description: WA Inc was a political scandal in Weste...

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Bills - Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013

28th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:31): On behalf of the union movement in Australia, tiny though it is, I want to thank Senator Chisholm for his defence of union bosses and trying to protect the privileged position that those union bosses enjoy, using the levies of their workers, given by the w...

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Documents - Consideration

28th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:59): I am glad Senator Whish-Wilson raised this issue. It is an important issue. If his interpretation of the Auditor-General's report is correct then it is something the government should very closely look into, and I am sure the government will. I would be ve...

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Matter of Public Importance - Great Barrier Reef

28th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:33): Senator Ketter's last point is really what this debate is all about. Thanks to the scaremongering of the Greens political party, some elements of the Labor Party and one or two so-called scientists, the word is getting around the world that the reef is dea...

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Racial Discrimination Law Amendment (Free Speech) Bill 2016 - Second Reading

24th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:23): I appreciate the Racial Discrimination Law Amendment (Free Speech) Bill 2016 being brought forward by Senators Leyonhjelm, Day, Hanson, Burston, Culleton, Hinch and Roberts. I have some sympathy with the bill, although I think it perhaps does go a little t...

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Landholders' Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015 - Second Reading

24th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:17): We have just heard another typical Greens political party campaign full of conspiracy theories, scare rhetoric and very, very few facts. But that is typical. I do want to get onto the bill before us, the Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) ...

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Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 - In committee

24th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:44): I want to very briefly in the committee stage ask the minister a couple of questions, because this issue is particularly important to the state that I represent, Queensland, but even more importantly up to the north of Queensland where small crop growers, ...

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Committees - Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee - Government Response

22nd November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:07): I, too, would like to commence my contribution to the discussion of the government response to the review of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade of the Defence annual report 2013-14 by congratulating the chairman, Senator Fa...

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Documents - Australian Human Rights Commission

22nd November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:34): I also want to talk, unusually for me, about some of the positive work of the Australian Human Rights Commission. My normal inclination would be to follow my friend and colleague Senator Paterson, but today I do want to join with Senator Brown in congrat...

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Matters of Public Importance - Turnbull Government

22nd November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:29): I think Senator Brandis could well have been talking about the opposition debaters in this particular debate before the chamber. If I have heard a mediocre attack on the government that was it. And if that is the best the Labor Party can do then I do not...

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Answers to Questions without notice - Questions Nos 163 to 171

21st November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:26): What a disgusting and sad presentation by someone who claims, unfortunately, to be a senator for my state of Queensland. It is no wonder the people of a Brisbane electorate got rid of Senator Watt when he represented them in the state parliament. They cle...

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Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading

21st November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:30): I am pleased to enter this debate after my colleague Senator Roberts's address, which was very interesting and highlighted some of the real issues. We have heard in this debate from Senator Paterson, who I think said it all, but perhaps I could contribute...

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Matters of Public Importance - Climate Change

21st November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:33): I congratulate Senator Roberts for bringing this matter before the chamber. It would be interesting to have a debate about something where you did not have the Greens sniggering and carrying on with their normal 'we know better than everyone else' thing. ...

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Narcotic Drugs Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, Narcotic Drugs (Licence Charges) Bill 2016 - Second Reading

10th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:57): I rise to speak on this bill, the Narcotic Drugs Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 and the related bill. These two bills are very important and, as the previous speaker has said, they complete the legislation necessary in relation to medicinal cannabis. The...

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Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2016 - Second Reading

10th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:01): Like all in this chamber and, I am sure, all Australians, I was deeply saddened by the case of Carly Ryan. The safety of young people online is vital, and the government shares the community's concern about their safety. I appreciate the efforts in the C...

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Adjournmnet - Youth With A Mission

9th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:30): Senator Moore has reminded me of what a wonderful job YWAM do. They are an organisation based in Australia in Townsville, the city where I spend a lot of my time, and I am a regular interconnector with YWAM and everything they do. They have wonderful prem...

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Matters of Public Importance - Prime Minister

9th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:18): That was an interesting speech by my Labor colleague. He mentioned the same-sex marriage debate and said, 'The Prime Minister lacks authority.' Sorry, Senator Gallacher, the authority for that issue is with the people of Australia. Lest you have forgotten...

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Take note of answers - Attorney-General

9th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:13): These debates always benefit when senators have some facts to talk about. For Senator Pratt's benefit, I just want as simply as I can to go through the facts of the matter. Before I do, I just alert anyone who might be listening to this broadcast that we ...

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Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee - Report

8th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:12): This report is another sad part of an unfortunate history of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee, which is now renowned for the inappropriateness of its inquiries and investigations. Nobody takes any notice of anything the ma...

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Matters of Public Importance - Asylum Seekers

8th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:48): I am not quite sure which planet Senator Polley lives on or comes from, but clearly it is not the same planet as most other Australians. Whilst I am disappointed that the Labor Party has breached the bipartisan nature of our border security today, I gues...

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Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016 - Second Reading

7th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:36): It is always a pleasure to follow Senator Leyonhjelm, and that was a refreshingly direct and honest contribution to the debate on the Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016. Before I deal with the matters at hand, I just want to mention a couple of per...

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Matters of Public Importance - Turnbull Government

7th November 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:08): I thank Senator O'Neill for the humour at the end of her speech. Senator Payne: The theatre. Senator IAN MACDONALD: Yes, the theatre. It would have woken up anyone who might have the misfortune to be listening to this debate. Sadly, I have only 13 minut...

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Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Amendment Bill 2015 - Second Reading

13th October 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:07): This is the first opportunity I have had to be in a debate that Senator Farrell has spoken in, so I take this opportunity of congratulating him on his appointment as deputy leader. I must say I look forward to his further advancement in the opposition in ...

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Committees - Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Report

12th October 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:35): by leave—I move: That the Senate take note of the annual report of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee. The report of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee is tabled. I again thank the very hardworking&mda...

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Documents - Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

12th October 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:14): Senator Siewert is quite critical about this report, but I have to say to the chamber and to anyone listening that it is a question of who you would believe on assessing these issues: either KPMG, an organisation with a wide and high reputation for accur...

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Ministerial Statements - Northern Australia

11th October 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:25): I move: That the Senate take note of the document. I congratulate Senator Canavan on a wonderful statement and a wonderful job in advancing the interests of the development of northern Australia since he has been appointed the minister. It is not an easy...

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Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016 - Report of Legislation Committee

10th October 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:07): In the same vein, I will not speak on the substance of this report but, more or less, add to what Senator Marshall has just said. I have long—and particularly during the last parliament—been of the view that the whole Senate committee system, ...

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Documents - Estimates Committees

10th October 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:37): I move: That Senate take note of Statements of departmental and agency unanswered estimates questions on notice. I am not sure if I can take note of that block of documents, or whether I should— The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: You can, Senator, if you are tal...

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Matters of Urgency - Attorney-General

10th October 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:11): Before I start on this debate, can I just repeat a warning I gave to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee before it embarked upon this political witch-hunt, and that is that what the Labor Party and the Greens political party are doin...

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Motions - Commonwealth Procurement

15th September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:44): We have heard another typical Labor speech—do not worry about the cost; do not worry about the budget blow-out. It is populism, an appeal to the lowest common denominator in the country. It is always useful in these sorts of debates to look at some...

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Take Note of Answers - Superannuation

15th September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:21): The submissions of the opposition senators are quite mad. Unfortunately, Labor senators just do not get it. They do not understand that we were all sent here for a purpose, and that is to represent the people who elected us and to make submissions on and ...

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Matter of Public Importance - Liquor Licensing

14th September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:40): Thanks to Senator Leyonhjelm for initiating this debate on lockout laws. I must say that I agree with Senator Leyonhjelm's comments about the nanny state and the propensity, particularly of Labor governments, to try and protect people from themselves on ...

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Statements by Senators - Curtain, Sir Michael, KBE, Jones, Mr Ewen

14th September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:45): There is not often, in this place, a lot of opportunity available to senators to place on record, in a timely fashion, the tributes that I want to make to two men who, apart from both being from Townsville, do not have a lot in common. One, sadly, passed...

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Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016, Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016 - Second Reading

13th September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:31): As Senator Gallagher, the previous speaker, has said, the Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill increase the tobacco excise charged on domestic production and the equivalent customs duty charged on imports ...

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Documents - Australian National Audit Office

13th September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:11): What a disgraceful and unworthy attack that was on the hardworking public servants who during the course of this whole episode were really under enormous pressure. There were tens of thousands of illegal arrivals ending up on Australia's shores. The poor...

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Matter of Public Importance - Donations to Political Parties

13th September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:15): Just to make it clear, as I make my contribution to this debate, can I assure the chamber and those who are listening that I have never received a donation from a Chinese company that has associations with the Chinese government. I also want to make it cl...

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Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Amendment Bill 2016 - Second Reading

12th September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:57): The Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Amendment Bill 2016 is a much needed reform that is fortuitously before the parliament now, and I congratulate the minister for his work in bringing this bill before the parliament. The issue particular...

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Documents - Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land

12th September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:12): I move: That the Senate take note of the document. I urge all senators and members of parliament, and indeed the Australian public as a whole, to have a look at the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Act 2015—Report for 2015-16, bec...

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Documents - Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement

12th September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:01): Thank you, Mr Acting Deputy President— Senator McKim: On a point of order, Mr Acting Deputy President. I thought you gave the call to Senator Rice. The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Gallacher ): Senator Macdonald, you have the call. Senator ...

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Matters of Public Importance - Marriage

12th September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:50): At the start of this debate I express my sympathy for and understanding of those members of the Labor Party who I know hold deeply religious convictions—not many of them, I concede, but there are some. I have some concern about and understanding of ...

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Committees - Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

1st September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:28): I was the deputy chair of that particular committee inquiring into the establishment of a national registration system for Australian paramedics, although I attended very few of the meetings of that committee. I will not repeat my comments on the next rep...

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Committees - Select Committee on Health

1st September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:16): I also wish to speak on this motion about the select committee report on supposed hospital funding cuts. I note in commencing that Senator Polley said she never personally attacked Mr Nikolic when he was in this parliament. It seems to me that she has wai...

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Take Note of Answers - Northern Territory: Juvenile Detention

1st September 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:22): If this was a strategy by the Australian Labor Party to divert attention from the horrendous difficulty that Senator Dastyari is in at the moment, with his failure to answer very reasonable questions put to him, then it has failed completely. Senator Scu...

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Governer General's Speech - Address in Reply

31st August 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:27): I want to thank his Excellency the Governor-General of Australia for the speech he delivered yesterday, which sets out a wonderful and exciting future for our country over the next three years. I congratulate the Prime Minister, the honourable Malcolm Tur...

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Matters of Public Importance - Economy

31st August 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:33): From the longest serving parliamentarian in this building to the newest senator, Senator Hume: my very heartiest congratulations on a speech which was intelligent, thoughtful, insightful, warm and caring, and was from a senator who clearly has a very, ver...

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Take note of answers _ Racial Discrimmination Act

31st August 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:10): Congratulations to Senator Dodson on what is not his 'first speech' but it is his first speech! It was obviously a thoughtful contribution to the chamber. But if I could suggest to the senator it is important that in speeches to the chamber he actually is...

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Budget

5th May 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:23): Last night's budget was just what Australia needs right now: steadfast leadership; an economic plan for Australia, for jobs and growth into the future; no frills; no inducements; careful management of our finances; and guaranteed spending on health, on edu...

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Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2016 - Second Reading

3rd May 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:41): It is with some excitement and gratitude that I welcome and support the bill now before the chamber, the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016. The bill is actually almost a culmination of a dream that I have had for most of my lifetime, and...

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MATTERS OF URGENCY - Climate Change

3rd May 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:11): We have just heard speakers from the Greens political party and the Australian Labor Party—federally, that is—again denigrating one of the biggest job providers in Queensland, which is our Great Barrier Reef. The reef is a natural attraction th...

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TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Education, Medicare

3rd May 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:21): I have a very personal interest in the debate before the chamber and that is in relation to pathology testing. I do not keep it a secret—I do not think anybody else is interested—but I have a plastic valve in my heart which was put there 20 yea...

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Adjournment - QLD Agriculture

3rd May 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (20:28): Two of the most significant agricultural industries that we have in Australia are, I am proud to say, mainly based in northern Australia. But I, like Senator O'Sullivan, was absolutely dumbfounded to hear today a senator, allegedly representing Queensland,...

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GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S SPEECH - Address in Reply

3rd May 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:25): Perhaps the first thing I might mention in relation to the address-in-reply— The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Senator Macdonald, please resume your seat for a moment. Senator Wong: Mr Deputy President, it might be that I just have not been informed: I thought w...

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

3rd May 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:37): If increasing taxes on cigarettes is a Mr Bill Shorten thought bubble on additional tax, it has to be a bad idea. That should be the end of the debate. We know of Labor's record of taxing and spending. I often relate in this chamber an example of Labor's t...

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Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 - IN COMMITTEE

21st March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:32): Senator Collins, with all the questions that she had, seems to have disappeared from the chamber, so I will take the call, if I can. Unlike some of my colleagues, I quite like Senator Collins and we get along well together in the legal and constitutional a...

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Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2013 - SECOND READING

21st March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD ( Queensland ) ( 11:13 ): In my long time in this chamber I have heard a number of speeches that were dripping with hypocrisy and insincerity, but the one I heard this morning from the Leader of the Opposition on a formal motion—a procedural motion relating to the same su...

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Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015 - SECOND READING

17th March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:43): This Restoring Territory Rights (Assistant Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015 covers a range of reasonably complex issues that are not really related. I just want to give my thoughts on the separate issues that arise in this bill. I listened with interest to S...

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Climate Change - MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

17th March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:47): We have a government now which is actually seriously doing something about carbon emissions. Unlike many other nations around the world—including, I might say with some regret, the United States—the Australian government and the Australian peop...

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

16th March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:53): I suggest to Senator Gallacher that, if he wants to know what is in the budget and what the government's budget plans are, he should do what I have done for the last 25 years, under governments of all persuasions, and that is turn up on budget night and he...

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Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 - SECOND READING

16th March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:51): I rise to speak on the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016. This legislation is all about giving Australians the right to select their candidates in the Senate. That is what it is all about. It is a very simple piece of legislation. Not only is it a...

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Crimes Legislation Amendment (Proceeds of Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2015 - SECOND READING

8th March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (21:00): When this debate was interrupted by question time some hours ago I was talking about the report of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee looking into the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Proceeds of Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2...

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Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia - Report

8th March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:19): I present the report of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia on the inquiry into opportunities for expanding aquaculture in Northern Australia. I also present the minutes of the proceedings. I move: That the Senate take note of the report. I wa...

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Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment Bill 2016 - IN COMMITTEE

8th March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:04): This bill obviously corrects a mistake made by the previous government, but there is nothing—I do not attribute any blame in that. I am grateful that Mr Gary Gray, who was the relevant minister at the time, is, as always, very frank and open about th...

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Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 - SECOND READING

8th March 2016

  Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:48): Today is quite momentous day for those who have been eagerly awaiting the first steps towards legalised cannabinoid treatments for medical conditions in Australia. I want to start by congratulating the Minister for Health, Ms Ley, her advisers and t...

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Migration Amendment (Protecting Babies Born in Australia) Bill 2014 - SECOND READING

8th March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (09:51): I do not think too many people will be listening to this debate but I do see some children in the gallery who may have been influenced by Senator Hanson-Young's penchant for and ability with emotive words. I say to young people and those who are listening ...

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Taxation

8th March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:24): I hope that, in making a speech on negative gearing, Senator Cameron has talked to some of his colleagues in the Labor Party in the Senate who, I read in the paper, take advantage of negative gearing. Perhaps that is why he is such an expert; he has had so...

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Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Amendment Bill 2016, Trade Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016 - FIRST READING

8th March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:52): It is not very often that I agree with Senator Di Natale, but I agree with every word he just spoke. He has actually brought some sense and rationality to this debate. Can I just explain to people who might be listening what exactly we are debating at the ...

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Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 - FIRST READING

8th March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:03): For those listening to this debate I will explain what the Senate is doing at the moment. The Labor Party is again, with the amendment we are debating, trying to delay dealing with this legislation on Senate reform for some months. The amendment before the...

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Electoral Matters Committee - REPORT

8th March 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:12): I am pleased to enter into this debate. I can say to Senator Di Natale: be careful! This weekend he is going to get every union thug in Australia ringing him, along with the few other members that there are of the Australian Labor Party. Just earlier today...

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Turnbull Government - MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

24th February 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:08): First of all, I want to thank Senator Moore and Senator Bilyk for raising this matter for debate today because it gives me the opportunity to highlight some of the exciting new policies being brought forward by the coalition government. Can I start with th...

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment (Forum on Food Regulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015- Second Reading

24th February 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:43): I support the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment (Forum on Food Regulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015. Before I talk on the bill, can I congratulate Minister Nash on the work she has done in FSANZ over the time that she has been in charge. I...

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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Goods and Services Tax - TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS

24th February 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:24): If Senator Singh and other members of the Labor Party and the Greens political party were interested in this subject seriously, I could urge them to have a look at the letter written by Dr Larry Marshall to his colleagues in CSIRO. First of all, I re-empha...

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Goods and Services Tax - MOTIONS

24th February 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:47): The Labor Party work on the principle that, if you tell enough bare-faced, blatant lies time and time again on every news item—ably assisted, I might say, by the ABC—that someone might eventually start to believe them. Senator Cameron: Mr Actin...

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Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee report - COMMITTEES

24th February 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:25): I want to talk tonight about the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee's report into the arts and I want to congratulate Minister Fifield on the implementation of the Catalyst policy that had been foreshadowed by the former arts mini...

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Closing the Gap - Ministerial Statements

24th February 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (20:31): I just want to make a brief contribution to this debate. I thank the minister for his statement today and congratulate him on the work that he has done and the care and concern that he has shown for Indigenous people. To all of the contributors to the deba...

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Crimes Legislation Amendment (Proceeds of Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2015 - Second Reading

24th February 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:54): With reference to the Hansardof the Tasmanian government when Senator McKim was part of that government, it will be interesting to see how many legal advices were tabled in the Tasmanian parliament when the Greens had control of that. I answer Senator McKi...

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Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 - Second Reading

24th February 2016

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:15): I, too, support the bill. I want to make a couple of comments as the Chair of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, which conducted the inquiry into this. I am pleased to see that the deputy chair of the committee and another c...

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ADJOURNMENT - North Queensland

2nd December 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:20): Some people have unkindly suggested that I have not always been entirely generous to the Labor Party, the Greens and the crossbench senators in this chamber. Some have even more unkindly and inaccurately suggested the same lack of generosity on my behalf t...

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Climate Change

2nd December 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:25): Again, can I try to bring a reality check to this debate which the Greens, the Labor Party and the ABC seem to continue to want to thrust upon the Australian public. Senator Lines and Senator McAllister talked about these thousands and thousands of people....

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Marine Reserves- Green’s dishonesty and misinformation campaign

2nd December 2015

DOCUMENTS - Workplace Gender Equality Agency Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:08): I intend, as often as I can and to the best of my ability, to continue to expose the downright misinformation—and that is putting it politely—of the Greens political party. Regrettably, from a senato...

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Arts Funding - MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

24th November 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:42): I am pleased to be able to provide a reality check to this debate, which has so far been highlighted by deliberate misinformation and deliberate distortion of the facts of the matter. So I am delighted to be able to enter the debate, in the same way that I...

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Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015 - Second Reading

24th November 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:11): Those are very fine words from Senator O'Neill, and I think she is genuine about what she says, but for a member of a political party the words just reek of hypocrisy about the approach that the Labor Party has taken to this whole issue. I take issue, of c...

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Social Services Legislation Amendment (No Jab, No Pay) Bill 2015 - Second Reading

24th November 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:50): I support this bill, the Social Services Legislation Amendment (No Jab, No Pay) Bill, and I will be voting for it. I have no particular expertise in this area, but I accept what appears to be the overwhelming support of professionals and learned people who...

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Dr James Raymond Bourke, MG, AM - ADJOURNMENT

24th November 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (21:50): Last week, Dr James Raymond Bourke MG, AM, Doctor of Philosophy and a retired Lieutenant Colonel, would have turned 73. I know not many of my Senate colleagues would be familiar with his name, but there would be more than a few who would be aware of his re...

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DOCUMENTS - Environment

12th November 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:07): That is typical of the Greens political party. They do anything possible to destroy Australian industry and jobs, particularly in the tourism and mining areas. Today, I highlight the Greens political party's continuing attack on tourism in Australia. You w...

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Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2015 - Second Reading

12th November 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:07): The Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill implements some measures announced in the 2015-16 budget by the then Treasurer Joe Hockey. Mr Hockey will be well and favourably remembered in this place and in Australia for many things, ...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS

12th November 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:21): Dear, oh dear—how the Labor Party has fallen! No wonder their polls are at such a low level, and no wonder the union movement, which they represent in this parliament, has fallen to 11 per cent of workers in the private sector. When you hear the ques...

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Customs Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015

10th November 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:04): I rise to speak on the Customs Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015. This is a very serious debate about an act that will ...

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Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2015 - Second Reading

22nd October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:57):  Mr Deputy President, what a wonderful speech. I must say that it is a long time since I have heard a speech that is so clear and perspective on the reality of life. I am delighted that there is at least one Tasmanian non-government senator who unders...

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National Australia Bank - Senators Statements

22nd October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:36): Senator Day, you have convinced me, and I will be supporting your bill. On 8 September, amongst the other very wise words that I spoke in debating the Banking Laws Amendment (Unclaimed Money) Bill, I said: I hope I am not verballing the National Australia ...

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Workplace Relations

21st October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:16): Having just returned from 10 days driving around the north and the north-west of Queensland, seeing communities in drought and seeing property owners working 23 hours a day just to try to save stock with no income at all for the year, it makes me physicall...

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Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 - Second reading

21st October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:20): I rise to speak on the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014. Hearing Senator Johnston with some of those case examples emphasises why it is important that we bring some rationality, fairness and balance to our industrial relations and to our fair work arrangement...

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Infrastructure - MOTION

21st October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:37): Where oh where do Labor Party troglodyte senators live? Clearly, blindfolded, with earplugs in, in the deepest, darkest cave in Australia in a permanent midnight if they have not heard, since the advent of the coalition government, of all the plans—n...

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Select Committee on the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru - COMMITTEES Report

21st October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:01): This report on recent allegations relating to conditions and circumstances at the regional processing centre in Nauru was by a select committee. It was specifically set up in this chamber with the Labor Party and the Greens political party and one or two c...

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Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading

21st October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:02): If Senator Lines is interested, and I am sure she is not, I am offended and insulted by her comment that all Liberals are bigots and racists. Does that mean that I should sue Senator Lines in a court of law for her view—inaccurate though it might be&...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Murray Darling Basin

12th October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:18): With regret, I say that I have not heard such uninformed drivel for a long period of time, talking about issues of which the former speaker absolutely has no knowledge. What we are debating today is the answer to the question of who is in charge of water. ...

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Asylum Seekers

6th October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:36): It is good to enter this debate after a very thoughtful contribution by Senator Leyonhjelm which I could not find a lot of argument with until he got onto the bit of abolishing foreign aid. Senator Leyonhjelm, if you had been to Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Van...

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Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015 - Second Reading

6th October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:42): The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015 is another bill by the coalition government designed to protect Australians, to make it as reasonable as possible for there to be convictions of a number of offences which cur...

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Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 [No. 2] - Second Reading

6th October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:04): I have been encouraged to enter this debate by the first speaker for the opposition, Senator Cameron, who gave an emotional address that was big on rhetoric, big on misrepresentation and big on self-interest as a former union heavy but lacking any sense, l...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - CFMEU

6th October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:10): It is not surprising why the Labor Party opposition in this chamber are doing their damnedest to try and disguise the evidence of organised criminality in the union movement. Can I just very briefly name 10: organised crime; jihad terrorists; the CFMEU&mda...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Ship Building

6th October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:10): Senator Carr is correct when he says that this could have been avoided. It could have been avoided if the previous Labor government had done something in its six years. Instead the Labor government in the six sad years when it was in power did absolutely n...

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Randall, Mr Donald James, Schultz, Mr Albert (Alby) John - Adjournment

6th October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (21:50): Earlier today the Senate observed a minute's silence for two of our colleagues, one current and one past member of the House of Representatives, who had passed away since the Senate last sat. Tonight I want to say a couple of words about both of those coll...

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Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015 - Second Reading

6th October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:35): The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015, as Senator Bilyk has just indicated, is an important bill relating to biometrics and related privacy aspects. I speak because I have an interest in it and also because I was Chairman o...

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Motion - Waltzing Matilda Centre

6th October 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:03): In moving motion No. 779, relating to the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton and its destruction by fire earlier this year, I note that the Mayor of the Winton Shire is currently in this parliament building. I move: That the Senate— (a) express its co...

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Select Committee on the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru - Report

17th September 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:34): This inquiry was another attempt by the Labor Party and the Greens to blame the coalition government for a situation which evolved during the time of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd government—in fact, during the second Rudd government. This was a references c...

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Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee - Report

17th September 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:52): The Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee inquiry into the handling of a letter sent by Mr Man Haron Monis to the Attorney-General is another inquiry along the same lines as the one we have just been talking about—a completely farcica...

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Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee - Report

16th September 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:00): The coalition members of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee strongly object to the recommendation of the Labor-Greens-Independent majority in the committee. In response to the previous speaker, Senator Rice: how outrageous that in a ...

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Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee - Meeting

29th June 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (09:32): I would like to speak to the motion. This is another outrageous abuse by the Labor Party of the whole Senate practice. In case people do not know: I am the chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee. I am told by Senator Collins&md...

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Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2015

29th June 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:30): It distresses me that on this bill, the Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2015, I might be seen voting with the Greens political party, but my opposition to this bill is now 12 months old. I made it quite clear 12 months ago, when these measur...

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Labor 2013 - 14 Budget Savings (Measures NO.1) Bill 2014

22nd June 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:09):  I thought for a moment the Greens under their new leadership might be starting to show some economic sense and rationality. Indeed, today's headlines in the newspaper seem to suggest that they are not just going to take the 'we are against anything t...

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Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Bill 2014 Second reading

31st March 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:28): Anyone who is seriously following this debate, and who heard Senator Canavan a little while ago, would appreciate that nothing the Greens have said—nothing that Senator Milne or Senator Ludlam have said—stands up to a factual assessment. A lot ...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS Australian Human Rights Commission

31st March 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:18): This debate so far today has lacked a couple of inconvenient truths—inconvenient to the Labor Party. Senator Conroy today in question time was asking about the role allegedly offered to Professor Triggs. If Senator Conroy or Senator Cameron had been ...

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CONDOLENCES - Fraser, Rt Hon. John Malcolm, AC, CH

31st March 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:47): I want to associate myself with the very fine words of our leader, Senator Abetz, on a very fine man. I also acknowledge the dissertation by Senator Brandis on Mr Fraser's qualities and philosophy, and I do want to acknowledge the very generous contributio...

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Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014 - In Committee - 19/03/2015

19th March 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:05): The minister will no doubt answer the inquiry just made by the Greens senator. I chaired the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee where we went into this bill in great detail. The senator who has just spoken is a participating member of t...

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Succession to the Crown Bill 2015 - Second Reading - 19/03/2015

19th March 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:13): I also support this bill and was not intending to add to the very fine contributions by the minister moving it and by Senator Smith, but Senator Milne's comment about the flag has encouraged me to make a small contribution in the form of a poem: Our flag b...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS

13th February 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:20): If Senator Sterle had spoken to real people in the last 12 months, he would understand that real people, all Australians, wanted to get rid of the job-destroying carbon tax—the tax that sent Australian jobs overseas, including jobs in the motoring in...

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Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014 - Second Reading - 16/03/2015

13th February 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:35): I start by congratulating the former and current ministers for immigration and border protection, Mr Morrison and Mr Dutton, for the way they have brought some order and safety to Australia's migration process. Senators will recall that under the former La...

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Customs Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading

12th February 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (09:43): Like Senator Carr, I support this Customs Amendment Bill. I thank Senator Carr for his insightful and very academic explanation of aspects of the bill, which he is obviously very well aware of. His office, which assists him with these things, is clearly we...

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Closing the Gap - Documents

12th February 2015

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:56): I want to thank Senator Scullion and Prime Minister Abbott for their statements today and for their genuine care and empathy for Indigenous people. I also want to thank them for the mature way in which they have dealt with today's report and, indeed, all i...

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Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill 2014 - 22/09/2014 In Committee

22nd October 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:53):  I also want to question the minister in relation to this same aspect. Before I do that, can I just congratulate the government on the bill before us that reduces again red tape in accordance with the commitment that the coalition made prior to the el...

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Climate Change - Matters of Urgency - 22/09/2014

22nd October 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:05):  This is an urgency debate, and I have to say that there could be nothing less urgent than the Prime Minister attending the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. It will be just another talkfest, like the much-vaunted Copenhagen climate change co...

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Matters of Public Importance - Abbott Government - 1/10/2014

1st October 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:03):  What a pleasure to follow Senator Ketter in this debate. From the sounds of his measured, moderate contribution to this debate, I look forward to more debates. Senator Ketter, the time when the Labor Party could lecture anyone on budget superiority, ...

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Select Committee on Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs - 23/09/2014

23rd September 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:38):  I very much appreciate the opportunity to take part in this debate. I did say earlier that in my long period here, this is the most outrageous motion for a committee— The PRESIDENT:  Order! Senator Macdonald, this is not your fault; it is ...

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Certain Aspects of the Queensland Government Select Committee - 23/09/2014

23rd September 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:01):  Those listening to this may not be aware that this debate at this time is on why standing orders should be set aside to deal with this motion today. There has been no argument advanced by anyone on the other side as to why this is an urgent matter to...

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Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia Report tabling - 04/09/2014

4th September 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:38): I present the final report of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia,Pivot North: an inquiry into the development of Northern Australia, together with the minutes of the committee and I seek leave to move a motion in relation to the report. Leave...

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Selection Of Bills Committee - 04/09/2014

4th September 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:57): I do not have the government's original motion in front of me, but Senator Moore's amendment refers to the Customs Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement I...

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Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2014 - 04/09/2014

4th September 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:51): I just wanted to make a very brief contribution to this. Most of the arguments have been related by my colleagues and I know we are keen to have a parliamentary vote on the suggestion put forward by Greens political party. But can I just reiterate the poin...

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Great Barrier Reef Report - 03/09/2014

3rd September 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:26): I would like to make a few comments on this report. I know that Senator Canavan from our side, who, like me, lives in the areas adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, wants to say a few words. Senator Canavan and I have a particular interest in the Barrier Re...

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Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014 - 03/09/2014

3rd September 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:18): I have an interest in this particular bill, the Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014, as all senators will have. As an Australian citizen I am very keen to ensure that Australia continues to have a very beneficial and worthwhile immigration pr...

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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment - 01/09/2014

1st September 2014

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Meteorology Amendment (BOM online advertising) - 28/08/2014

28th August 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:15): I do support the Meteorology Amendment (Online Advertising) Bill 2014. As Senator Ludlam mentioned, the Bureau of Meteorology has a very, very valuable product—a product that is much in demand. I have always had the view that some of the great work t...

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Classification Amendment (Publications, Films and Computer Games) - 28/08/2014

28th August 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:01): I chaired the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee inquiry that looked at the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Classification Tools and Other Measures) Bill in some detail, and I want to thank thos...

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Roads To Recovery - 27/08/2014

27th August 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:03): I am pleased to support the Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill. The bill does a number of things, the first of which is that it renames the Nation Building Program (National Land Transport) Act 2009. It gives it the more appropriate name of the N...

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Telecommunications Interception Inquiry - 27/08/2014

27th August 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:34): Ever so briefly, I want to support Senator Ludlam's motion and the committee's request to extend the date for the consideration of this reference until a time later in the year when the committee is better able to assess some of the issues. As Senator Bran...

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Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 10/07/2014

10th July 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:04): I would like to take note of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service report for 2012-13. I do want to congratulate the Customs and Border Protection Service, not only on their report that has been tabled in the Senate but on the work that they...

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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - 10/07/2014

10th July 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:52): The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority report for 2012-13 is a good indication of the work the authority does looking after one of Australia's and, indeed, the world's greatest natural assets. But, Mr Acting Deputy President, you would have seen in t...

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Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill [No. 2] - Amendments - 10/07/2014 In Committee

10th July 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:26): I actually want to ask the minister some questions, but before I do I just want to explain to those who might be listening to the debate what the committee stage of a bill is—which is what we are dealing with now. This stage gives senators the opport...

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Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No.2] - Second Reading - 10/07/2014

10th July 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:30): I want to make a few comments on the Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 but, before doing that, I want to refer to some things that the previous speaker, Senator Ludlam, mentioned. I am not quite sure what it has to do with the Climate Change A...

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Matters of Public Importance - Budget - 09/07/2014

9th July 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:36): I can give Senator Polley a little bit of advice. If she is worried about the unemployed in her state of Tasmania, she should encourage the Labor Party and their mates in the Greens to allow some activity to happen in Tasmania, to allow some jobs. Senator ...

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Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repal) Bill 2013 [No. 2] - Amendments - Second Reading 07/07/2014

7th July 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (21:31): The most exciting thing I heard in Senator Milne's speech is the guarantee that the election in 2016 will be on a carbon tax. Nothing has been sweeter music to my ears than to hear that. I hope the Labor Party will again follow their Greens colleagues in m...

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Documents - Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation

26th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:03): I move: That the Senate take note of the document. The annual report of the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation for 2012-13 is a very interesting document for those of us who have been very concerned in recent years about the huge increases in insuranc...

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Flags Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading

26th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:22): It is always a pleasure to follow Senator Cameron in any debate. This one is no different. We are talking about our relationships with other countries, and I should say to the chamber that you are all lucky that Senator Cameron and I are both here today ta...

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Valedictory - Senator Kroger

25th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:55): I just want to take a moment to place on record my great admiration for our whip and current colleague, Senator Kroger, as she departs from this place. Again, on the record, I want to associate myself with all of the other things that others have said with...

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Battle of Bannockburn: 700th Anniversary

25th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:29): Seven hundred years ago, on this very day, the armies of Robert the Bruce, then King of Scotland, and Edward II, King of England, were respectively celebrating and lamenting what was to be the last major battle between the Scots and the English, where the ...

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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2014 - Second Reading

24th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:53): I rise to contribute to the debate on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2014. On this side we have been asked to confine our remarks because we are keen to get these bills through, but it is important t...

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Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading

23rd June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:35): This is a debate on a bill that has been through the House of Representatives. The Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill 2013 has now come to the Senate and it will be amended by the government here. As part of the debate, it behoves me to refer to some ...

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Electoral Matters Committee

19th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:21): I would urge the government to very seriously consider and then, having done that, implement—in their exact form or in a form close to that—the recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. I had the opportunity to parti...

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Adjournment - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - 19/06/2014

19th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:49): In March this year I spoke about an issue related to some of the very fine journalists and presenters of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. I was at that time critical of the ABC and its blase approach to the disclosure of speaking fees that many of ...

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Valedictory - Senators Eggleston and Boyce

18th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:14): I want to associate myself with the very fine words of all of those who have spoken previously about my friends Alan Eggleston and Sue Boyce. It is a happy occasion today, with several parties going on which we are holding our toastees from. But for me it ...

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Tax Laws Amendment Bill 2014 - In Committee 17/06/2014

17th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:37): As I indicated in my speech on the second reading, I want to make some inquiries of the minister in relation to this legislation. I will not repeat all of the things that I said in my speech, which I thought explained my position reasonably well. I know th...

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Matters of Urgency - Shipbuilding Industry

17th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:52): Where, oh where was Senator Carr when as industry minister in the last government he presided over the greatest decline in manufacturing that Australia has ever seen. The man you have just been listening to, with all those fine words about developing Austr...

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Tax Laws Amendment Bill 2014

16th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:34): I commence my contribution to this debate on the Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014 and related bills by indicating that I totally support the government's drive to address Labor's debt crisis—the $650-odd billion of debt t...

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Documents - Northern Beef Cattle Industry

16th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD ( Queensland ) ( 20:20): I move that the Senate take note of the response by the Minister for Agriculture, Mr Joyce, in relation to the northern beef cattle industry. Leave granted. Senator IAN MACDONALD: I move: That the Senate take note of the document. I thank the minister f...

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Tax Laws Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading 16/06/2014

16th June 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:34): I commence my contribution to this debate on the Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014 and related bills by indicating that I totally support the government's drive to address Labor's debt crisis—the $650-odd billion of debt tha...

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National Integrity Commission Bill 2013 - Second Reading

15th May 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:30): My apologies to the Senate and to you, Mr Acting Deputy President. I was talking on the phone to the most important people—and, of course, that is the media—about some good things coming out of the budget. I am very pleased to enter into this d...

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BUDGET - Northern Australia

14th May 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:45): I want to use the 15 minutes allowed to me in this matter of public interest debate today to talk about the future. Having just heard the previous speaker, can I start by saying that the future will look bright for our country if we can get our finances an...

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Migration Amendment Bill 2013 - Second Reading

14th May 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:44): I support this bill and think that it is another step by the minister in trying to bring some sense and certainty to the whole refugee and migration program. I congratulate the minister on what he has done. I have long been an adversary of those supporting...

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Documents - Abbot Point

13th May 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:49): I will start by congratulating Mr Greg Hunt on the work he is doing as Minister for the Environment. He does a fabulous job. He is a minister who fully understands the portfolio he has. He has a genuine commitment to the environment and all of the things t...

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Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013

28th April 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:06): I was speaking to this motion when the Senate adjourned last night, and I was indicating that I will be one of the few government speakers on this debate. We are trying to get this bill to a vote. It is part of the election commitment made by the coalition...

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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Documents

27th March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:44): I have come late to this debate, unfortunately; I was not aware it was on. As someone who has lived all of their life in a town adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, I get very concerned at the scaremongering, particularly by the Australian Greens political ...

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Committees Report - Education and Employment Reference Committee

27th March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:05): This report and inquiry by the Education and Employment References Committee show the high farce that this Senate chamber has turned into. It is the practice of the Senate that, when bills are brought into this chamber, they are referred to a committee of ...

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Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alert) Bill 2014

27th March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:32): I start my contribution by suggesting to Senator Ludwig that his attempt at humour at the expense of the Attorney-General was not only tawdry but a complete failure. I am sure Senator Brandis enjoyed it! I can see him now trembling at the vicious attack wi...

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Documents - Sugar Research and Devlopment Corporation - 25/03/2014

25th March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:50): I move: That the Senate take note of the final report of the Sugar Research and Development Corporation. For many years the Sugar Research and Development Corporation has done magnificent work in research, science and development of Australia's sugar indus...

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Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and other Measures Bill 2013 - Second Reading

24th March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:02): I want every senator who did not understand that it was coalition policy at the last election to repeal the minerals resource rent tax to raise their hand. There are no hands raised. I ask the same question of the Australian public, particularly people in ...

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Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013 - Second Reading

20th March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:58): Can I start my contribution to this important debate on the Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013 and this important area of legislative reform by at least congratulating Senator Farrell on having an interest in this matter. The...

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Gunns Ltd Pulp Mill - 17/03/2014

17th March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:14): It is probably clear that this is not a matter for which I have any direct responsibility these days, but I sit in my office listening to more and more misrepresentations and, generally, lies of the political party represented by Greens senators in this ch...

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Australian Greens - Adjournment - 17/03/2014

17th March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (21:50): Earlier today I had occasion to highlight the hypocrisy of the Greens political party in the way they chose to disregard the vote of the Tasmanian people at the election on Saturday. I was watching TV on Saturday night and saw the biggest landslide in Tasm...

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Motions - Shipbuilding Industry - 06/03/2014

6th March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:19): I do not find a lot that I disagree with in this motion on the shipbuilding industry, moved by Senator Carr. I notice that Senator Carr has moved the motion, perhaps in his role as former industry minister, but has not bothered to turn up for the debate. T...

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Australian Electoral Commission - 6/03/2014

6th March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:11): I also wish to speak on the Australian Electoral Commission's report for 2012-13. As Senator Faulkner said, the conduct of the 2013 election, which is referred to in this document, is the subject of an inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral M...

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Australia Post - 06/03/2014

6th March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:01): The report of the Australian Postal Corporation, Australia Post, for 2012-13 includes a statement of corporate intent 2013-14 to 2016-17. Australia Post is a fine Australian establishment that has for decades done very good work in delivering the mail. Sen...

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Matters of Public Importance - The Abbott Government - 03/03/2014

3rd March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:28): The hypocrisy of the Australian Labor Party in bringing this motion forward leaves me almost speechless. We spent the last three or four years dealing with perhaps the biggest expenditure by the Australian government in any field—and that, in a busin...

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Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 - Second Reading 03/03/2014

3rd March 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:50): I am delighted to take part in this debate. Before the previous speaker leaves, I would like to ask her and her party—and anyone in the Labor Party—a question I would conservatively say I have asked in this chamber at least 100 times but which ...

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Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2013 - Second Reading 13/02/2014

13th February 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:06): We have just witnessed another example of the Labor Party's attempt to disrupt the proceedings of this parliament. So far, all year, we have been debating one series of bills: the carbon tax repeal bills. The Labor Party have stacked out the speakers list;...

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Ministerial Statements - ANZAC Centenary - 11/02/2014

11th February 2014

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:02): by leave—I want to congratulate the minister on the tabling of his statement and congratulate the government on the work that they have been doing to commemorate the very significant Australian involvement in World War I generally. There are stories ...

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COMMITTEES -- Electricity Prices Committee -- Report

1st November 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:41): It is good to see Senator Conroy here, a failed minister for communications who is in charge of the greatest white elephant Australia has ever seen. It is good to see him now contributing his expertise to this debate on electricity prices. However, there i...

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DOCUMENTS -- NBN Co. Limited

1st November 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:48): I also want to comment on the 2011-12 report on the NBN Co. Ltd. Fortuitously, I am a member of the joint oversight committee. It met on Tuesday night of this week. Unfortunately, even though it was there for four hours there was still not enough time to f...

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DOCUMENTS -- Australia Post

1st November 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:00): This report of the Australian Postal Corporation is interesting. As I did at estimates, I congratulate Australia Post for the very substantial profit that they achieved in this financial year. Unfortunately, I do not have the page in the report where the p...

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DOCUMENTS -- Repatriation Commission, Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, Department of Veterans' Affairs

1st November 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:18): I support what Senator Ronaldson said in relation to the last document. It is important that we learn from Vietnam. Without putting too fine a point on it, what happened in those Vietnam War daysand, regrettably, I am old enough to have been aroundwas that...

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MOTIONS -- Biosecurity

1st November 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:46): I am pleased that Senator Xenophon has raised this debate and I congratulate Senator Colbeck on his contribution, which is detailed and comes from one of the few people in this chamber who understands biosecurity and quarantine matters.I am in the strange ...

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BILLS - Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Bill 2012

31st October 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (09:53): My objection to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Bill 2012 is in relation to both its specific detail in various areas and, more broadly, its general philosophy. I think Kevin Rudd summed it up pretty well when he spoke about the Lab...

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BILLS -- Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011, Customs Amendment (Military End-Use) Bill 2011, Second Reading -- Second Reading

29th October 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:01): I enter into this debate with some trepidation, I must say, after the three previous speakersall of whom I congratulate and all of whom clearly show a depth of understanding and a passion about what is a very complex bill that clearly has a lot of shortcom...

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BILLS -- Migration Legislation Amendment (Student Visas) Bill 2012 -- Second Reading

11th October 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:41): I am conscious, Mr Acting Deputy President Edwards, that you hope to speak on the Migration Legislation Amendment (Student Visas) Bill 2012, but your duties to the parliament perhaps might prevent you. I am not sure that my contribution would be such that ...

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COMMITTEES -- Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee -- Report

11th October 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:47): The Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2012 was debated earlier today, although I understand that the debate has not yet been concluded. That is a bill that was brought forward by the Greens, seeking to effectively stop the export of live anim...

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DOCUMENTS -- Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

11th October 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:01): I move:That the Senate take note of the document.The Report on digital transmission and reception dated October 2012 is a document which any senator who has an interest in rural and regional Australia should really have a look at. It is tabled by the minis...

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COMMITTEES -- Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee -- Report

10th October 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:38): It is always an honour to follow in a debate two speakers from the coalition who really know what they are talking about when it comes to biosecurity matters. I am delighted that, back in June, Senator Boswell initiated this inquiry to have a look at the e...

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BILLS -- Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012 -- Second Reading

20th September 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:18): I rise to speak on the Marriage Amendment Bill (No.2) 2012. Two of my wife's and my best friends are a gay couple who have lived in a loving, caring, committed relationship for over 35 years. No change of the definition of the word marriage will ever impac...

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MOTIONS -- Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Industries

20th September 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:40): What a pleasure, as always, to follow Senator Sterle from the capital city of Perth in Western Australia, particularly on a motion dealing with the Labor government's abject failure to support Australia's agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. I w...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE -- Defence Personnel

20th September 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (14:35): My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and PersonnelI think, today, that is Senator Evans. Can the minister confirm reports today that the government is planning on cutting essential funding to 9,000 young Australians ...

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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Declared Commercial Fishing Activities) Bill 2012

19th September 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (09:42): There are a couple of areas that I would like to explore in relation to the aspects of this bill. Minister, could you please explain to me how on Monday of last week you were fulsome in your defence, if I might say, of the Abel Tasman and of the people who...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE -- Employment

18th September 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (14:48): My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation, Senator Wong. I ask the minister: does she recall her letter to Mr Marcus L'Estrange on 8 March 2007, where she argued that the official unemployment figures did not acc...

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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Declared Commercial Fishing Activities) Bill 2012 -- Second Reading

17th September 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:55): It is always a pleasure to be in the chamber when my very learned colleague Senator Brandis looks at the law involved in issues before this chamber. I think the chamber and parliament indeed is well served that we have someone of Senator Brandis's legal ex...

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Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2010 -- Second Reading

13th September 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (09:57): This is a debate on the Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2010, introduced by the Greens political party. It relates to recycling and deposit schemes that have been in force in South Australia for some time. Becau...

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BILLS -- Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Making Marine Parks Accountable) Bill 2012 -- Second Reading

11th September 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:29): I must say I am rather disappointed to have heard the previous speaker. I have always had regard for Senator Siewert as being one of the few members of the Greens political party who is a genuine environmentalist, but clearly the speech she has just read w...

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DOCUMENTS -- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

11th September 2012

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MOTIONS -- Instrument of Designation of the Republic of Nauru as a Regional Processing Country

11th September 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:40): I rise to speak in this debate and to support the motion, particularly the amendments moved by Senator Cash on behalf of the coalition. I would urge the Senate to support the amended motion before the chamber. We have had another contribution from the Gree...

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE -- Live Animal Exports

10th September 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:53): Why would you think, Mr Acting Deputy President, that the Labor Party would get the live export supply chain regime correct They completely messed up the pink batts arrangement. They completely confused the Green Loans scheme. They have had six changes so ...

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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

10th September 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:10): I want to make a few remarks on this report and note with interest the words of the chairman of the committee. I particularly liked his comment about the number of bureaucrats growing like Topsy and I hope that he will have a bit of a chat to Senator Furne...

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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2012

10th September 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD ( Queensland ) ( 17:59 ): I just wanted to speak generally on the amendments, but since we are on this I want to recapitulate as to where we are with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and...

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BILLS Health Insurance (Dental Services) Bill 2012 [No. 2] Second Reading

23rd August 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:31): I am disappointed to hear that the Greens will not be supporting the Health Insurance (Dental Services) Bill 2012 [No. 2]. I do acknowledge that in the past the Greens have been on our side, which is the correct side when it comes to remedying some of the ...

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COMMITTEES National Broadband Network Committee Report

23rd August 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:31): This is the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network's second report and the government response. Again, the whole fiasco of the National Broadband Network is something that would be funny if it were not so serious. I have always said that, regard...

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COMMITTEES Gambling Reform Committee Report

23rd August 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:26): I move:That the Senate take note of the document.The first report of the joint committee was The design and implementation of a mandatory pre-commitment system for electronic gaming machines. I refer to the government response to that particular report. I ...

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REGULATIONS AND DETERMINATIONS Small Pelagic Fishery Total Allowable Catch (Quota Species) Determination 2012 Disallowance

23rd August 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:23): If evidence were needed, you have just heard with the previous speaker on this motion just how the Greens political party will stop at nothing to advance some of the ideas which they, for their own purposesand I can never quite understand thiswant to put o...

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Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012 -- Second Reading

21st August 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:20): I get sick and tired of feigned emotion like that exhibited by the lead speaker for the Greens and of the illogical arguments of the Greens and, prior to today, of the Labor Party as well. While there are some Greens senators here, can I ask them a questio...

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BILLS Tax Laws Amendment (Cross-Border Transfer Pricing) Bill (No.1) 2012 Second Reading

20th August 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:29): I will make some small contribution to the debate on the Tax Laws Amendment (Cross-Border Transfer Pricing) Bill (No. 1) 2012, but before I do I note in passing how fortunate the parliament is, and indeed Australians are, to have people of the calibre of S...

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Scrutiny of Bills Committee Report

27th June 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:51): I present the seventh report of the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills. I also lay on the table Scrutiny of Bills Alert DigestNo. 7 of 2012.Ordered that the report be printed.Senator IAN MACDONALD: I move:That the Senate take note of the r...

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On Unintended Consequences of guillotining bills

27th June 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (09:33): Just speaking to the motion, I am unclear. I have not seen this before, and I suspect other senators are in this situation. I wonder if the minister couldHonourable senators interjectingThe DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Order! Senator Macdonald, you have the call.Sena...

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On the Financial Framework Legislation

27th June 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:33): I acknowledge to the Greens that this is an element of law far beyond my capabilities, but I suspect the legal advice they are talking about is the same legal advice the government has been given. With no disrespect to the government advisors, their legal ...

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Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 2) Bill 2012

27th June 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:21): The Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 2) Bill 2012 is an important bill and there are at least nine speakers who would like to make a contribution. Of course, that is what this parliament is all about. We as senators come here representing our states, ...

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On the Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill

22nd June 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:10): At the outset, I want to make the comment that the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Digital Television) Bill 2012 is a very important bill. There are seven speakers listed as wanting to have a say on matters relating to this bill, yet, because of the way t...

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Higher education and skills training to support agriculture and agribusiness in Australia report

22nd June 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:43): I want to congratulate Senator Back, Senator McKenzie and the other members of the committee on the report Higher education and skills training to support agriculture and agribusiness in Australia. It has just been tabled, so I have not yet had the opportu...

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Matter of Public Importance - Marine Sanctuaries

20th June 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:10): I hope to bring back a little bit of realism and truth into this debate. The last two speakers simply repeated the propaganda of Greenpeace. For some reason, Greenpeace seem to want to shut Australia down completely, and one wonders why that might be. Apar...

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On the two Corporations Amendment Bills

20th June 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (09:52): What a wonderful speech by Senator Fierravanti-Wells! It is a pity there was not someone in the chamber from the government side to listen to that. In fact, talking about that, I note that there does not seem to be a quorum in the chamber. Mr Deputy Presid...

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Matter of Public Interest: Foreign Investment (Agricultural Development in Northern Australia)

20th June 2012

I have been an advocate for the interests of Northern Australia for my entire Parliamentary career. For twenty-three years I have been drawing the attention of this chamber, the media and the people of Australia to the diversity and abundance offered by the North.In the past, my colleagues and I hav...

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On the Budget reply

10th May 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (21:13): I want to make a few comments on a budget speech I heard tonight, but before doing that I would like to comment on the previous speaker's discourse on human rights. I say to her that I thought everything she said had already been looked after in this parli...

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Chairman's report on Scrutiny of Bills Committee terms of reference

10th May 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:03):  As chair of the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills, I also present the final report of the committee's inquiry into its future direction and role, together with documents presented to the committee. Ordered that the report be printed...

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Question on Notice, Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal

8th May 2012

Senator Ian Macdonald asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 5 March 2012: (1) When will a response be provided to the recommendations of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal relating to the recognition of Royal Australian Air Force personnel who served ...

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Condolences - Senator Judith Adams

8th May 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:54): It is difficult to add anything further to the very fine words that have been expressed today in this Senate by Senator Abetz and Senator Evans, Senator Siewert and Senator Joyce, and, indeed, by all of my Senate colleagues, about a very fine person, our d...

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Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2011

27th March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:32): It is indeed a pleasure to follow such an uplifting, thoughtful and inspirational speech by my colleague Senator Mason on the Australian Research Council Amendment Bill. I can but agree with him on the great work that Australia's scientists do. Most of the...

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Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Amendment Bill 2011

22nd March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:21): I too support the Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Amendment Bill 2011 and endorse the reasons very clearly and succinctly put my colleague Senator Birmingham, who leads for the coalition on this issue. The Antarctic continent has always been ackn...

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Solar Hot Water Rebate

22nd March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:32): The advantage of following the Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Milne, in this debate is that it enables me, again, to point out the absolute policy hypocrisy of the Greens political party. Anyone listening to Senator Milne, for the majority of her speech, wo...

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Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2011-2012, Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2011-2012 Second reading

21st March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:09): For those listening to this debateand I know a lot of people do via ABC News RadioI just want to explain that the appropriations debate is about expenditure of government money. I am sad to see there are not many Labor Party senators listed to speak on thi...

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Carbon Pricing

21st March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:15): Senator Feeney, on behalf of the Labor Party, again promotes what a wonderful idea the new carbon tax is for all Australians. I ask Senator Feeney, as I have asked every Labor senator: if the carbon tax is so good why did your leader promise before the las...

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Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Bill 2011

20th March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:01): It is my privilege to deal with these bills on behalf of the coalition and in the absence for personal reasons of Senator Birmingham. This is a very truncated debate today. I notice that because of the guillotine by the Labor Party and the Greens, we have ...

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Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2012

20th March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD Queensland) (13:54): I am pleased to add my voice in opposition to this atrocious piece of legislation that replaces a successful organisation that has brought peace, prosperity and progress to the building industry with an organisation which, on recent history, will have no ab...

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RAAF Accident, Canberra 1957 - Adjournment Speech

20th March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (22:41): This speech is dedicated to Mrs Alma Shaw, Mr Jim Macdonald, Mrs Kim Best and Mr Doug Mackrill, who sat in the gallery of this chamber last night to join me in this speech, on a night which had particular importance to them but when the speech, unfortunate...

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55th Anniversary Dakota Crash at Duntroon (Senate Adjournment Speech 20.03.2012)

20th March 2012

This chamber is a place of words words that may represent ideas or ideals, but all too often words that once uttered are gone. The news cycle reinforces the short term nature of much that is spoken of in this place, but I want to tell a story of how some words which had their genesis here 5 years ag...

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Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011

16th March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:12): The Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 and related bills are just others in the line of examples of the way Labor does things: you tax and tax and tax and try to address any perceived problems by increasing taxation. That applies to Labor governments, be...

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Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 2012

15th March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:46): When question time interrupted my contribution on this, many Labor senators had come in to hear what I had to say about this particular bill. I see they have all left now and, for the record, there are two Labor people in the chamber. Clearly, they did not...

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Assisting Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill 2012

15th March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:15): It is good to participate in a debate where everybody agrees with the sentiments of the bill before the parliament. I am certainly one who will be supporting this bill, the Assisting Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill 2012, and I encourage all other senato...

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Defence Minister attack on Major General Cantwell

13th March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:21): The arrogance and disrespect shown to our fighting men and women in uniform, displayed by Mr Smith in his recent activities, was repeated by Senator Bishop in this debate this afternoon. The very personal attack Senator Bishop has just made on a distinguis...

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Australian Meat and Live-Stock Industry Act 1997: Livestock Mortalities During Exports by Sea

1st March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:03): Anyone listening to this on the radioand I know there are a lot of people who dowill be absolutely gobsmacked about this response to livestock mortalities during exports by sea. Perhaps Senator McLucas trying to defend both her leader and the leader of the...

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Scrutiny of New Taxes Committee - The carbon tax: economic pain for no environmental gain.

1st March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:37): I rise to speak on the motion that the Senate take note of the Senate Select Committee on Scrutiny of New Taxes interim report, which is very appropriately titled The carbon tax: economic pain for no environmental gain. In speaking to this, I might say, ex...

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Australia Post

1st March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:08): I move: That the Senate take note of the document. This report shows the operations of Australia Post in the last financial year. It is quite an interesting document. Australia Post clearly says that its letter service does not return a profitit is not the...

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Australian Landcare Council

1st March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:29): Landcare has been a great institution in Australia over many years, although I have to say that, as I go around the country, I see the enthusiasm with which Landcare was addressed in the early days seems to have waned. That is no reflection on those people...

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Law Enforcement Committee

1st March 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:28): I present the report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity on the examination of the annual report for 2010-11 of the Integrity Commissioner, together with the Hansard record of proceedings and docu...

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Commonwealth Grants Commission

28th February 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:01): This is an important document and, as both the previous speakers have mentioned, it is certainly an arrangement which has served Australia well over many years. In prefacing what I have to say, I acknowledge that, in the fifties and sixties, what we now ca...

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Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

28th February 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:11): I rise to speak on the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Report 2010-11, and its correction, and I move: That the Senate take note of the document. I commence my remarks by again congratulating those people who work in the Australian Customs...

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Australian Greens

27th February 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (21:59): I noticed during the break that Senator Brown and the Australian Greens had been waxing lyrical yet again in the media, this time wanting the government to legislate to regulate newspapers to control content and ownershipshades, I might say, of totalitaria...

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Tourism Australia

9th February 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:03): I move: That the Senate take note of the document. This document is the Tourism Australia Report for 2010-11. Tourism in Australia at present is suffering from a number of factors, one of which is clearly the high Australian dollar. The tourism industry in...

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Government Advertising, Carbon Pricing

9th February 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:33): Senator Singh's contribution to this debate was typical of the deceitful and dishonest approach by the Australian Labor Party to most things these days. Senator Singh claimed that this report of the ANAO criticised Mr Abbott. I challenge her, by way of int...

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Border Protection; Australian Greens - Answers to Questions on Notice

8th February 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:19): Clearly the government is embarrassed by its whole border protection regime and the fiascos we have seen under the Rudd government and the Gillard government. But that is no reason for this government deliberately withholding from this chamber answers to q...

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Minerals Resource Rent Tax

7th February 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:56): That was an inauspicious start for the new Manager of Government Business. He said that this debate is about the mining tax. I am sorry, Senator: this debate is about the procedures for debating these bills and about debating them in such a way that everyo...

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Live Animal Exports, Defence Security Authority Vetting

7th February 2012

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:07): All in Australia want to ensure that in our live cattle export industry we put the wellbeing of animals to the forefront. We also want to make sure that Australia continues to provide employment in those areas in Australia that rely on the live cattle expo...

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Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee - debate on committee report

25th November 2011

I thank the Senate for the opportunity to speak on the government response to the report of the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee. The spread of the Asian honey bee has been worrying me for some time. I come from North Queensland and I look after northern and remote Australia issues f...

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Senate Business - Suspension of Standing Orders

25th November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:49 AM) Mr President, I seek leave to move a motion that your ruling be noted.Leave not granted.Senator IAN MACDONALD Mr President, I move:That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving a motion to take note of the Presidents ruling...

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (COMPETITION AND CONSUMER SAFEGUARDS) BILL 2010 - In Committee

25th November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (4:29 PM) by leaveI move opposition amendments (1) to (17), (24), (33) to (40), (43), (45) to (57), (64) and (65) together:(1) Schedule 1, before item 1, page 4 (line 5), omit the heading (Act name).(2) Schedule 1, items 1 to 5, page 4 (lines 6 to 24), items TO BE ...

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Uranium sales to India - Treaties Committee debate

24th November 2011

I support the recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties and also congratulate the acting chair, Senator Birmingham, on the role that he played in the committee. I agree that the treaties considered by the committee should be adopted, as recommended by the committee. I also want to ...

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Motion - Exercise Hamel

23rd November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) [3:59 PM] I move:That the Senate(a) notes that:(i) Exercise Hamel was conducted by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) at the Townsville Field Training Area, Cowley Beach and RAAF Townsville, between 10 October and 11 November 2010, involving 6 000 Army, Navy and Ai...

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Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011

23rd November 2011

I also want to say a few words in support of the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011. The coalition, as has been indicated by Senator Brandis, supports the strengthening of the provisions relating to family violence and child abuse because the coalition be...

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Tribute to the late Senator Neville Bonner, AO

21st November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (22:16): I recently received an invitation from the Board of Directors of the Tweed Aboriginal Cooperative Society to attend the 50th anniversary celebration luncheon honouring a Miss Margaret Kay and to pay tribute to the first Aboriginal senator appointed to the ...

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Rearrangement of Senate sitting days

21st November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:36): This proposal to guillotine bills is an outrageous motion. I have been here for 21 yearsI was here in 1999and never in that time have this many bills been guillotined in this fashion. The Manager of Government Business seems to think that legislation thoug...

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Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee - Government Response to Report

21st November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:15): I thank the Senate for the opportunity to speak on the government response to the report of the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee. The spread of the Asian honey bee has been worrying me for some time. I come from North Queensland and I look ...

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Quarantine Amendment (Disallowing Permits) Bill 2011 - Second Reading

10th November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:32): I also have some concerns with this bill. I have been listening to the debate very carefully and I thank particularly Senator Colbeck for his leadership on this issue. I hasten to say twice in two days that there is one aspect of the debate on which I agre...

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Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill

10th November 2011

In commencing my contribution to the Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill, I indicate that I reject and am offended by the suggestion by the senator at the table, the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, that this is a filibuster. I remind the minister that I have been here a long time through previo...

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Excise Legislation Amendment (Condensate) Bill 2011, Excise Tariff Amendment (Condensate) Bill 2011, Second Reading

10th November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:04): Senator Brandis is correct: I have come into the chamber during the debate on the Excise Tariff Amendment (Condensate) Bill 2011 and a related bill to hear what the Greens political party will say about them. I assume Senator Wright is here to speak on the...

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Pettiness and petulance of Senator Brown

9th November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:28): What more really needs to be said after that speech, except perhaps to defend Senator Heffernan and say what an effective representative, in every sense of the term, he is for the people of New South Wales. Senator Faulkner is correct. We are debating a mo...

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ADJOURNMENT DEBATE - MEDIA INQUIRY

9th November 2011

Tonight I want to pursue further a matter that I have questioned during recent question times, and that is the so-called independent inquiry into the media. Senators will recall that that inquiry is currently being conducted at the behest of the Greens political party, primarily as a payback to News...

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency Bill 2011, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011

9th November 2011

I am very pleased to participate in this debate on the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Bill 2011 and a related bill. It is indeed an honour to follow two of my distinguished colleaguesSenator Boyce and Senator Boswellboth Queenslanders and both of whom have a very good understanding not only of c...

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Clean energy bills (carbon tax)

8th November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:58): 'There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead'. They are the words that the Leader of the Australian Labor Party took to the last election. It was that commitment that every Labor Party candidate ran on in the election. I think it is instructive t...

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Steel Transformation Plan Bill 2011

8th November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:15): It is a pleasure for me to follow Senator Fierravanti-Wells. I congratulate her on the great work she does in the Illawarra. She is one representative who has her office there and actually works in the interests of the people of that area. I know Senator F...

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Carbon tax legislation

7th November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:33): Just before the dinner break, I was halfway through asking some questions of the minister. I was lamenting the fact that, because of an unholy deal between the Greens and the Labor Party, the time for asking questions has been severely curtailed so that th...

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Clean Energy Bills - coal industry

3rd November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:31): I have some questions relating to the coal industry, which is a very important part of the state that I come fromQueenslandand of Northern Australia. This is not a reflection on your chairmanship, Temporary Chairman Cameron. But I want to point out to you ...

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Carbon Tax debate continues

3rd November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:44): This is the last question from me. Minister, would you agree that Australia is the largest exporter in the global seaborne coal trade but that Australia accounts for only six per cent of global production Is that correct Would you agree that most of the wo...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - POLITICAL DONATIONS TO GREENS

3rd November 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:30): Isn't that interesting Senator Bob Brown had five minutes to defend himself against the allegations that have been made, and not once did he go anywhere near it, which suggests to me that the allegations that have been made are absolutely true and Senator ...

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Vale, David Jull

14th September 2011

I am honoured to join the Leader of the Government in the Senate in speaking to this motion of condolence for the late David Francis Jull.I am grateful to our Senate Leader, Senator Abetz for allowing me to be the principal speaker on this motion and I also want to acknowledge our Deputy Leader, Sen...

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Veterans' Entitlements Amendment Bill 2011

12th September 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:14): I am very pleased to take part in this debate on the Veterans Entitlements Amendment Bill 2011 and to support any bill that supports our veterans. I am pleased to note that the coalition will be supporting, as I will be, the bill insofar as schedules 1 and...

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National Broadband Network - Select Committee Report

12th September 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:39): I move:That the Senate take note of the report.This is a very important part of the process of scrutiny and accountability for the National Broadband Network. Senators will recall that this is perhaps the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by a...

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National Broadband Network Financial Transparency Bill 2010 (No. 2)

25th August 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:45): This is a debate on the National Broadband Network Financial Transparency Bill 2010 (No. 2). Given that it is a debate, I should debate some of the comments made by the two previous speakers. I say to both Senator Ludlam and Senator Cameronand this distres...

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Motions - Townsville Enterprise Pty Ltd

25th August 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:57): I move:That the Senate(a) notes that:(i) north Queensland's significant economic growth has been recorded in the recent quarterly development status report released by Townsville Enterprise Pty Ltd,(ii) the report, which covered the 3 month period to 30 Ju...

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Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 Live-stock mortalities during exports by sea Report for the period 1 January to 30 June 2011

25th August 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:17): We have just heard three magnificent, uplifting, thoughtful, articulate speeches and I congratulate Senators Edwards, McKenzie and Madigan on their first speeches. They were very good. It brings back to me that more than 20 years ago I made my maiden speec...

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Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Fibre Deployment) Bill 2011

24th August 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:04): I am very pleased to enter into another debate on Australia's broadband network, which, had the coalition not been defeated in the 2007 election, would have been up and running by now. All of the elements were there. The money was put aside. We would have ...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Carbon Tax Lies

24th August 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:24): Senator Cameron seems confident about his government's carbon tax proposal, which will put increased costs of living upon every Australian. If he is so confident, let us have an election about it. If you want to go the whole hog, let us have a double disso...

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Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget Measures) Bill 2010 - in committee - Cont.

23rd August 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (13:56): Can I reinforce Senator Bernardi's question to the minister. If Ms Gillard made a commitment in relation to reducing the benefits made to parents for child care, why, Minister, would anyone in Australia have believed her at the time You will recall, of cou...

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Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2010, Income Tax Rates Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2010

22nd August 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (20:50): Can I start by congratulating my colleagues on this side who have spoken on these bills on their precise understanding of a very complex tax arrangement in relation to research and development. Senator Back, Senator Bushby and, before that, Senator Colbeck...

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MOTIONS: Burdekin Falls Dam

19th August 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:13): I move:That the Senate(a) notes that:(i) water has been cascading over the Burdekin Falls Dam spillway for a record breaking 313 days since 6 October 2010,(ii) the dam is currently holding 1.87 million mega litres of water which in volume equates to 3.3 Sy...

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Battle of Long Tan to be remembered

18th August 2011

Senator Ian Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on the Defence Force and Defence Support, joined Governor-General Quentin Bryce and other dignitaries today to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and Vietnam Veterans Day.The ceremony, held at Enoggera Barracks, was addressed by the ...

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QUESTIONS ON NOTICE - Greens Hypocrisy

17th August 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:19): It is not often I get up to support the Greens on anything, but Senator Ludlam's criticism of the Labor Party in failing to answer a question that was put on notice before Christmas last year just shows how incompetent this Labor government is. Senator Lud...

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Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Report 2009-10

16th August 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:03): I move:That the Senate take note of the document.In so doing, could I just refer the Senate to sections A and B, which perhaps should be called through at a later date. I did want to note the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Report for 2009...

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QUESTIONS ON NOTICE - Labor Lies

16th August 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:19): I was going to defend Senator Wong from that attack on why she had not answered the question, until I heard that she had actually misled the Senate. She followed her leader's cause of telling mistruthsin her leader's case, lies, deliberate lies, to the Aus...

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Agreements with Marshall Islands and with Mauritius

16th August 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:58): I am drawn to enter this debate having been encouraged by the very fine words of my colleague Senator Cormann but also having been encouraged by the interjections from senators opposite. I have actually been to both the Marshall Islands and Mauritius. I ha...

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Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 [No. 2]

7th July 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:54): It is unusual for me but I must say I am almost speechless having heard the contributions from Senator Furner and Senator Brown. Senator Furner was talking about people being disingenuous; this comes from a member of a party whose leader one day before the...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Carbon Pricing

7th July 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:23): The two Australian Labor Party speakers have told us, 'Wait until Sunday and you will hear what Ms Gillard is going to promise by way of compensation to all of those Australian families that will be attacked by Labor's newest tax, this time the carbon tax....

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Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Committee

7th July 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:46): On behalf of the Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity I present the final report of the inquiry into the operation of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 together with the Han...

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Electoral Matters Committee - Faults with Electorate redistributions

7th July 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:38): I was curious to hear the senator who tabled the report indicate that we were taking away the need to identify oneself to be enrolled. I have not read the report but I will read that with some interest to see what justification there could possibly be for ...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS - Labor Failures

4th July 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:06): I move:That the Senate take note of answers given by ministers to questions without notice asked by opposition senators today.Can I be the first in this chamber who actually voted for you to congratulate you on your accession to the Deputy President's role...

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VALEDICTORIES - Cont.

23rd June 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (17:51): I want to associate myself on the record with all of the remarks made about my three retiring colleagues. Their speeches tonight were so very much 'them'. They were very fine speeches. They are very fine senators and very fine people. Each in his own way h...

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Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 5) Bill 2011

23rd June 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:13): I want to address a few remarks on the Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 5) Bill 2011 and to support the amendment moved by my colleague Senator Cormann in relation to a review of the operation of the fringe benefits tax elements of the bill. I do want...

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Happy 'Assassination Day'

23rd June 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:50): I rise tonight to speak with a sense of excitement. I cannot wait for tomorrow. It is like all your birthdays coming at once. It is 'Assassination Day' tomorrow, and I just cannot wait. My invitation obviously is still in the mail; I have not quite got it,...

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Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Director and Executive Remuneration) Bill 2011

20th June 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:42): I was working away in my office watching the in-house broadcast of these proceedings on the TV, as I always do, and I was occasioned to come down here by the ultimate hypocrisy of the Greens yet again. Here is Senator Bob Brown railing about the multinatio...

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Combating the Financing of People Smuggling and Other Measures Bill 2011

16th June 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:43): I want to take a few moments of the Senate's time to highlight the difficulties of the refugee problem around the world and, in passing, repeat how the Gillard government has exacerbated a difficult situation with its mismanagement of the illegal boat arri...

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Asylum Seekers

16th June 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:27): Before Senator Furner and Senator Carol Brown go, I want them to answer me a question. Since the beginning of this year, a few months ago, there have been 26 boats and 1,548 people come into Australia illegally. Unfortunately, Senator Furner, as is his wan...

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS : Budget

11th May 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:11): Before I correct Senator Forshaw's attempt to rewrite history, I want to congratulate Senator Wong, who, together with the Treasurer, Mr Wayne Swan, has been responsible for putting Australia in a position where we now borrow $135 million each and every da...

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Royal Australian Air Force Welfare Recreational Company, Report for 2009-10

11th May 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:57): I move:That the Senate take note of the document.I note in this report, although it is a little late coming before the parliament, that the report does in this instance contain a chairman's report. I want to congratulate Air Com_modore Hewitson for the rep...

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International Child Abduction

11th May 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:44): I move:That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 October 2011:The incidence of international child abduction to and from Australia, including:(a) the costs, terms and con...

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Natural Heritage Trust of Australia

11th May 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (19:02): I move:That the Senate take note of the document.I want to say a few words on the Natural Heritage Trust of AustraliaReport for 2007-08. Again I raise the point that this report deals with activitiesin this case of the Natural Heritage Trustwhich occurred ...

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Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2011

11th May 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:04): Any fair-minded, independent Australian who heard the speeches of Senator Scullion, Senator Xenophon and Senator Brandis could not help but agree on the importance of this bill, the Wild Rivers (Environmental Manage_ment) Bill 2011, and the necessity for t...

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Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 1) Bill 2011

10th May 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:42): I also want to make a few remarks on that part of the Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 1) Bill 2011 that deals with making exempt from income tax the disaster income recovery subsidy payments made to victims of the recent floods and Cyclone Yasi. Both...

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Condolences - Australian Natural Disasters

8th February 2011

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (3:34 PM) I support the motion before the Senate with a mixture of sadness and pridesadness because of the tragedies that have befallen the people of my home state of Queensland and indeed all of Australia in recent weeks, and pride in the manner in which my fellow...

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