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Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Page: 7246


Senator LUDWIG (QueenslandMinister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Queensland Floods Recovery) (19:04): I move:

That these bills be now read a second time.

I table the second reading speeches and move:

That the debate be adjourned.

Question put.

A division having been called and the bells being rung—

Senator Fifield: Mr Acting Deputy President, I seek your guidance. Minister Ludwig moved several unrelated matters in the one motion. I seek your guidance as to whether that can be done—moving a motion to adjourn the house and other matters.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Mark Bishop ): Senator Fifield, the motion was to adjourn the debate on the second reading.

Senator Fifield: Sorry, Mr Acting Deputy President, he spoke very quickly.

Senator Ian Macdonald: Mr Acting Deputy President, perhaps I could just clarify what you said. Admittedly Senator Ludwig spoke very softly and very quickly, but I thought he moved three particular motions at the same time. Could you just explain exactly which motion we are voting on at the moment?

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The minister moved to table the second reading speeches, and he moved adjournment of the debate. That is the matter we are voting on: adjournment of the debate.

The Senate divided. [19:09]

(The Acting Deputy President—Senator Mark Bishop)

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

Question agreed to.