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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Page: 1105


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate, Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts) (09:42): by leave—I move:

That today—

(1) The Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Bill 2017 and the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017 have precedence over all government business until determined.

(2) General business order of the day no. 38 (Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Preliminary Assessment Process) Bill 2017) be considered under the order relating to private senators’ bills for not more than 1 hour and 20 minutes.

(3) If by 2 pm today, the bills listed in paragraph (1) as well as the Treasury Laws Amendment (Bourke Street Fund) Bill 2017, have not been finally considered:

(a) the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to adjournment;

(b) consideration of committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General's reports shall not be proceeded with;

(c) the routine of business from not later than 6 pm shall be government business only;

(d) divisions may take place after 4.30 pm; and

(e) the Senate shall adjourn without debate after it has finally considered the bills listed above, or a motion for the adjournment is moved by a minister, whichever is the earlier.

I take the opportunity to thank colleagues across the chamber for their cooperation yesterday, which saw us conclude some business at a reasonable hour, and I also thank colleagues for what I anticipate will be cooperation with the proposition that is before the chamber in this motion.

Question agreed to.