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HOURS OF MEETING AND ROUTINE OF BUSINESS—PROPOSED VARIATION

Leave refused: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) sought leave to move a motion relating to the hours of meeting and routine of business for today.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Suspension of standing orders: Senator Ludwig, at the request of the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Evans) and pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Evans moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for today.

Debate ensued.

Closure: The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) moved—That the question be now put.

Question—That the question be now put—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 30

Senators—

Arbib

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Carr

Collins

Crossin

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Fielding

Forshaw

Furner

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Sherry

Siewert

Stephens

Wortley

Xenophon

NOES, 27

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Barnett

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger

Mason

McGauran

Minchin

Nash

Parry (Teller)

Ryan

Scullion

Troeth

Williams

Question agreed to.

Main question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,30


Senators—
ArbibFarrellLudwigPratt
BilykFaulknerLundySherry
BishopFeeneyMarshallSiewert
Brown, BobFieldingMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
Brown, CarolForshawMcLucasWortley
CarrFurnerMilneXenophon
CollinsHanson-YoungMoore
CrossinLudlamPolley

NOES, 28


Senators—
AbetzBrandisHeffernanMinchin
AdamsBushbyHumphriesNash
BackCashJohnstonParry (Teller)
BarnettColbeckJoyceRyan
BirminghamFierravanti-WellsKrogerScullion
BoswellFifieldMasonTroeth
BoyceFisherMcGauranWilliams

Question agreed to.

Senator Ludwig, at the request of Senator Evans, moved—That a motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for today may be moved immediately and have precedence over all other business today till determined.

Debate ensued.

At 7.20 pm: Debate was interrupted.