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The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), by leave, amended general business notice of motion no. 359 to read as follows:

That the Senate condemns the Opposition's:

 (a) ongoing attacks on the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Tasmania; and

 (b) failure to provide a constructive alternative for scores of contractors facing market downturn, closures of three export woodchip mills and regional areas of Tasmania welcoming the development opportunities the package will provide.

Motion determined as not formal: Senator Bob Brown requested that general business notice of motion no. 359 standing in his name for today, relating to the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement, be taken as formal.

An objection was raised and the motion was not proceeded with as a formal motion.

Proposed suspension of standing orders: Senator Bob Brown, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent him moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate, namely a motion to give precedence to general business notice of motion no. 359.

Debate ensued.

Question put and negatived.