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Thursday, 22 March 2012
Page: 2586


Senator McEWEN (South AustraliaGovernment Whip in the Senate) (12:38): I seek leave to move an amendment to the motion.

Leave not granted.

Senator McEWEN: Mr President, I seek leave to make a short statement of no more than one minute.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McEWEN: The government expresses confidence in the President's handling of the request for precedence in relation to a motion by Senator Kroger on 23 November 2011, notes that decisions to refer matters to the Privileges Committee are made by the Senate and notes the Privileges Committee findings relating to Senator Bob Brown and Senator Milne that the evidence did not support the contention set out in the terms of reference and that no question of contempt arises.