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Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Page: 1569


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (11:47): I seek leave to move a motion to exempt this bill from the bills cut-off order.

Leave not granted.

Senator BRANDIS: Pursuant to contingent motion standing in my name, I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent a minister moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to provide that a motion to exempt the bill from the bills cut-off order may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

I further move:

That that question be now put.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion be now put.

A division having been called and the bells being rung—

Senator Wong: Mr President, a point of order: this is different business.

The PRESIDENT: It is still valid if there has not been any intervening debate, so the bells will remain ringing for one minute.

Senator Wong: Mr President, you are not allowing any debate, because the government has moved a gag, but it is different business. I ask for four minutes.

The PRESIDENT: It is not me who is allowing or disallowing the debate. I am following the procedures in the standing orders. The bells will be rung for one minute. I indicated that earlier. The bells are ringing for one minute.