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Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Page: 7779


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: A letter has been received from Senator Fifield:

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

The Gillard Government's incapacity to govern competently as it lurches from crisis to crisis.

Is the proposal supported?

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

The 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.