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Thursday, 22 March 2012
Page: 2592

The PRESIDENT (13:12): The question now is that paragraph (b) of motion 723 be agreed to.

Senator Ryan: Mr President, I rise on a point of order. It is tradition, if I understand correctly, that when there is a dramatic change in the voting composition on a motion there might be a four-minute bell beforehand. I am aware that was only a one-minute bell and there was a substantial change in the composition of the voting patterns in the chamber.

The PRESIDENT: I hear what you say, Senator Scott Ryan. I believe that the bells being rung for one minute on that occasion was the appropriate way to go, as the standing orders provide.

Senator Ian Macdonald: Mr President, I raise a point of order on your ruling—only to indicate and to put on record that there are far more than 22 people who supported your ruling and who were in accord with that. Some people could not make it to the chamber.