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Wednesday, 12 October 2011
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Senator RONALDSON (Victoria) (18:36): I seek leave to take note of your ruling.

The PRESIDENT: No, I have to put the question that is currently before the chair.

Senator Ronaldson interjecting

The PRESIDENT: The Senate has just taken the decision that the question be put. The question before the chair is the suspension of standing orders that has been moved by Senator Macdonald. So that is the decision of the Senate; that is not my decision. I have to abide by that.

Question put:

That the motion (Senator Macdonald's) be agreed to.

The Senate divided. [18:41]

(The President—Senator Hogg)

Senator Arbib did not vote , to compensate for the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Coonan.

Question negatived.