Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Drayton keeps mum until Senate debate

INDEPENDENT Senator Helen Drayton would not disclose her leanings on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 yesterday, saying substantial research must be done.

Drayton, in a brief tele­phone interview yesterday, said the Senate “is generally a place of less politic­king” and Independent senators tend to put more research into ma­king contributions of more substance.

She said it is also more pru­dent to withhold comment until all contributions are heard.

The contentious bill, which was passed yesterday morning following a marathon parliamentary session, is set to be debated in the Senate on August 26.

Drayton said it was only fair to listen to what both Government and Opposition senators had to say, and to speak on a foregone conclusion would be to speak outside of that realm.

“I do not discuss my views prior to making a presentation,” Drayton said.