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Thursday, 22 September 2011
Page: 6804

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (11:53): Mr President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for two minutes.

Senator FIFIELD: There was no agreement that this particular piece of legislation would come to a vote today. There are on occasion informal arrangements reached between the parties, but there was not one with this particular piece of legislation. Senator Cormann is only part-way through his contribution. On the circulated speakers list there is still Senator Xenophon and Senator Williams to speak. So I do not see what has happened today as being in any way controversial or out of the ordinary. It is a piece of legislation that is being appropriately debated.