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GOVERNMENT AND AUSTRALIAN GREENS—PROPOSED CENSURE

Leave refused: The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz) sought leave to move a motion of censure of the Labor-Green alliance's unprincipled use of their numbers to stifle debates that involve the national interest.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Proposed suspension of standing orders: Senator Abetz, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent him moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion of censure of the Labor-Green alliance's unprincipled use of their numbers to stifle debates that involve the national interest.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,31


Senators—
AbetzColbeckHumphriesParry
AdamsCormannJoycePayne
BackEdwardsKrogerRonaldson
BernardiEgglestonMacdonaldRyan
BoswellFawcettMadiganScullion
BoyceFierravanti-WellsMasonWilliams (Teller)
BrandisFifieldMcKenzieXenophon
CashFisherNash

NOES, 35


Senators—
ArbibFarrellLundySiewert
BilykFaulknerMarshallSingh
BishopFeeneyMcEwenStephens
Brown, BobFurnerMcLucasSterle
Brown, CarolGallacherMilneThistlethwaite
CameronHanson-YoungMooreUrquhart
ConroyHoggPolley (Teller)Waters
CrossinLudlamPrattWright
Di NataleLudwigRhiannon

Question negatived.