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Thursday, 21 June 2018
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Senator CORMANN (Western AustraliaLeader of the Government in the Senate, Minister for Finance, Special Minister of State and Vice-President of the Executive Council) (11:44): I move:

That the resolution be reported.

Senator Wong: A point of clarification: does the motion that the Senate passed yesterday mean that this motion is not debatable and that no suspension of standing orders can be moved in order to debate it?

The CHAIR: That's correct.

Senator Wong: Yet again the government's refusing to debate its tax laws.

The CHAIR: Thank you, Senator Wong.

Senator Wong: I ask a further question, which is whether the government will now grant leave for party leaders, given what has just occurred—that the Senate is not insisting—to be given five minutes.

The CHAIR: I'm going to put the question. The question is that—

Senator Wong: I've asked a question.

The CHAIR: There's a motion before us and it needs to be put.

Senator Wong: Well I'll move an amendment.

The CHAIR: There's to be no amendment or debate.

Senator Wong: I've asked the government if they will—

The CHAIR: It's a matter for the government, Senator Wong.

Senator Wong: Is the minister going to respond?

The CHAIR: He hasn't stood, so I'm going to put the question. Senator—

Senator Marshall: We are past the hard marker and we ought to be moving on to other business.

The CHAIR: Senator Marshall, we're already in the process of dealing with these motions, so they now need to be concluded regardless of us having passed that hard marker.

The CHAIR: The question, as moved by the minister, is that the resolution be reported.