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Monday, 15 June 2009
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Senator LUDWIG (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) (12:36 PM) —Looking at the numbers around this place, the government recognises it does not have them in respect of this motion; we submit it to the will of the Senate. The government is keen to get its budget bills through during this fortnight. That was the premise for us to agree to the original motion—they would be available for debate. Unfortunately, that is not going to be the case in this instance. Be that as it may, we are still keen to get our budget bills, and the bill that we are dealing with now, through as soon as possible. I think 5 August has been suggested as a committee date. If that bill can then be available as early as possible after that date for parliament to deal with, the government would be appreciative of that.

The PRESIDENT —The question is that the amendment moved by Senator Parry be agreed to.

Question agreed to.

The PRESIDENT —The question now is that the original motion, as amended, be agreed to.

Question agreed to.