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Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Page: 813


The PRESIDENT (16:16): I inform the Senate that at 8.30 am today Senators Gallagher, Hanson 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 Siewert:

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

The Turnbull Government's failure to acknowledge that clean coal does not exist and renewable energy and storage is already the most affordable and reliable new energy generation in Australia.

Is the proposal supported?

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

The PRESIDENT: I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times in today's debate. I will ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly with the concurrence of the Senate.