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Thursday, 14 February 2002
Page: 257

Senator Stott Despoja to move, contingent on the President presenting a report of the Auditor-General on any day or notifying the Senate that such a report had been presented under standing order 166:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion to take note of the report and any senator speaking to it for not more than 10 minutes, with the total time for the debate not to exceed 60 minutes.

Senator Stott Despoja to move, contingent on the Senate on any day concluding its consideration of any item of business and prior to the Senate proceeding to the consideration of another item of business:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate or to provide for the consideration of any other matter.

Senator Stott Despoja to move, contingent on the Senate proceeding to the consideration of government documents:

That so much of the standing orders relating to the consideration of government documents be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion relating to the order in which the documents are called on by the President.

Senator Stott Despoja to move, contingent on a minister moving a motion that a bill be considered an urgent bill:

That so much of standing order 142 be suspended as would prevent debate taking place on the motion.

Senator Stott Despoja to move, contingent on a minister moving a motion to specify time to be allotted to the consideration of a bill, or any stage of a bill:

That so much of standing order 142 be suspended as would prevent the motion being debated without limitation of time and each senator speaking for the time allotted by standing orders.

Senator Stott Despoja to move, contingent on the chair declaring that the time allotted for the consideration of a bill, or any stage of a bill, has expired:

That so much of standing order 142 be suspended as would prevent further consideration of the bill, or the stage of the bill, without limitation of time or for a specified period.

Senator Stott Despoja to move, contingent on the moving of a motion to debate a matter of urgency under standing order 75:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving an amendment to the motion.

Senator Stott Despoja to move, contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on any day:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion relating to the order of business on the Notice Paper.

Senator Stott Despoja to move, contingent on any senator being refused leave to make a statement to the Senate:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent that senator making that statement.

Senator Stott Despoja to move, contingent on a minister at question time on any day asking that further questions be placed on notice:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion that, at question time on any day, questions may be put to ministers until 28 questions, including supplementary questions, have been asked and answered.

Senator Stott Despoja to move, contingent on any senator being refused leave to table a document in the Senate:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving that the document be tabled.

Senator Tierney to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the serious problem of overcrowding in New South Wales public schools, especially when compared with other states across the country;

(b) acknowledges the shameful results of a New South Wales Teachers Federation survey showing 20 per cent of all classes in each of the first 3 years of primary school being over the Carr Government's own limit, and 32 per cent of all kindergarten classes exceeding suggested class sizes during 2001;

(c) condemns the Carr Government for putting New South Wales children's education at risk by increasing class numbers and not reducing them as other states are now doing;

(d) congratulates the Howard Government for increasing funding to New South Wales government schools by 5.2 per cent in 2001, as opposed to Premier Carr's paltry 2.6 per cent; and

(e) recognises the low priority given to education by the Carr Government, as evidenced by the fact that the amount spent on education as a percentage of total state budget has dropped from 25.5 per cent to 22 per cent in the 7 years since Labor came to power in New South Wales.

Senator Bourne to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for parliamentary scrutiny of appointments to the ABC Board and for related purposes. Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment Bill 2002.