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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 341


The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Gallacher ) (16:28): I inform the Senate that, at 8.30 am today, Senators Gallagher, Hinch and Siewert each submitted a letter in accordance with standing order 75 proposing a matter of public importance. The question of which proposal would be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot.

As a result, I inform the Senate that the following letter has been received from Senator Gallagher:

Pursuant to standing order 75, I propose that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

The inability of the Turnbull Government to provide stable united leadership for all Australians.

Is the proposal supported?

More than the number of senators required by the standing orders having risen in their places—

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT: I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times to each of the speakers in today's debate. With the concurrence of the Senate, I shall ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly.