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Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Page: 9438

Senator CORMANN (Western Australia) (19:19): I seek leave, responding to a request by Minister Wong, to provide further explanation to the chamber about the deep flaws in the Parliamentary Service Amend­ment (Parliamentary Budget Officer) Bill 2011 and the coalition's ideas on how this bill can be further improved. I seek leave to move a motion that debate on this bill be extended by a further hour to enable the Senate to further explore the deep flaws in this bill and to assess and discuss the many coalition suggestions on how this bill can be improved so that Australia can have a strong, effective and independent Parliamentary Budget Office.

Leave not granted.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Order! The time allotted for the consideration of this bill has now expired. The question is that the remaining stages of the bill be agreed to and the bill be now passed.

Question put.

Senate divided. [19:21]

(The Deputy President—Senator Parry)



Question agreed to.

Bill read a third time.