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QUESTIONS

Questions without notice were answered.

Leave refused: The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz) sought leave to move a motion declaring that the Senate has no confidence in the Government's ability to govern itself.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Proposed suspension of standing orders: Senator Abetz, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent him moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion declaring that the Senate has no confidence in the Government's ability to govern itself.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 32

Senators—

Abetz

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Macdonald

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Sinodinos

Smith

Williams


NOES, 40

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Cameron

Carr, Kim

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Di Natale

Evans

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wong

Wright

Xenophon

Question negatived.