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Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Page: 229

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:49): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 8 standing in my name for today relating to World Sight Day, before asking that it be taken as a formal motion.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Is there any objection to this motion being amended prior to being taken as formal?

Senator Fifield: It would be good to lay eyes on it. I am sure it is as agreed.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Do you want to defer this until you actually sight it, Senator Fifield, or are you prepared to continue with the motion?

Senator Fifield: Or if Senator Rhiannon could read out the amendment.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Senator Rhiannon, would you care to read the amendment out to the chamber? It appears there is an issue with it not being circulated.

Senator RHIANNON: The amendment is to replace the current (c) with:

(c) calls on the Australian Government and partner countries to continue efforts to eliminate avoidable blindness in the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean region, including through Vision 2020 Australia.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Are senators clear with the wording of the amendment?

Senator Fifield interjecting

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Could I suggest we defer this motion until a little bit later. I will deal with it just prior to getting to motions that may be a bit more contentious.