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Thursday, 23 June 2011
Page: 3772


Senator LUDWIG (QueenslandMinister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Queensland Floods Recovery) (16:48): I seek leave to move a motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for today.

Leave granted.

Senator LUDWIG: I do not suspect we will need this amount of time, but this allows sufficient time for these important bills to be debated. I move the motion in the terms circulated in the chamber:

That the order of the Senate agreed to on 11 May 2011 relating to the hours of meeting and routine of business, be amended to provide that:

On Thursday, 23 June 2011--

(a)   the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 6.30 pm, and 7.30 pm to adjournment;

(b)   the order of consideration of government business orders of the day for the remainder of today be as follows:

No. 1 Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

No. 2 Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 5) Bill 2011

No. 6 Remuneration and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

No. 5 Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2011-2012

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2011-2012

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2011-2012;

(c)   consideration of general business and consideration of committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General's reports under standing order 62(1) and (2) shall not be proceeded with;

(d)   divisions may take place after 4.30 pm;

(e)   the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed after the Senate has finally considered the bills listed in paragraph (b); and

(f)   if the Senate is sitting at 10 pm, the sitting of the Senate be suspended till 9.30 am on Friday, 24 June 2011.

Question agreed to.