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Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Page: 7241


Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (18:35): Mr President, before you took the chair there was an incident where Senator Ronaldson rose first but the Acting Deputy President recognised someone else. I seek your ruling, as the President, on whether it was appropriate that the chair should recognise a senator who clearly got to his feet after Senator Ronaldson.

The PRESIDENT: The practice in this place has been that the call goes from one side of the chamber to the other. That has been established by precedents before me.

Senator Ronaldson interjecting

The PRESIDENT: I am sorry, Senator Ronaldson, I am just saying what the precedent is that has long been established in this place. I was not in the chamber to see what took place.