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Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Page: 8661


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (15:43): A letter has been received from Senator Siewert:

Pursuant to standing order 75, I propose that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

That uranium sales to India are illegal under the treaty of Rarotonga and may encourage the opening of toxic uranium mines in Australia by proponents with little experience and in states with deficient regulatory capacity and experience.

Is the proposal supported?

More than the number of senators required by the standing orders having risen in their places—

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times to each of the speakers in today's debate. With the concurrence of the Senate, I shall ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly.