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Thursday, 22 March 2012
Page: 2597


Senator BOB BROWN (TasmaniaLeader of the Australian Greens) (13:21): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator BOB BROWN: Motion 729 calls for unspecified amounts of public money to be spent on distributing portraits of Her Majesty to unspecified members of the public through members and senators. It is my view that there is a very adequate electorate allowance to cover that matter. I think if the opposition wants to come forward—

Senator Ronaldson: Mr President, on a point of order: Senator Brown is clearly unaware of the rules surrounding this. It is actually organisations, so perhaps he needs to get his facts right before he starts making—

The PRESIDENT: That is not a point of order; it is a debating point. I just remind senators that there has been a resolution of the Procedure Committee which seeks to have people desist from debate in these matters, so it would be helpful if senators took notice of that.

Senator BOB BROWN: Thank you for reminding us of that point of order while I am on my feet, Mr President. The reality is that this is uncosted. If there is extra money available, I suggest that it go to ensuring that Indigenous people in Australia who are being deprived of their first languages be given an education in their first languages and that we stop some first languages going to extinction in this country. I think that might have priority. However, if there are members opposite who cannot find a picture of Her Majesty, I would be happy to provide them with one. (Time expired)

Question agreed to.