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STANDING ORDER 25(9)—DETERMINATION OF COMMITTEE CHAIRS

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig), at the request of the Minister for Sport (Senator Arbib) and pursuant to notice, moved government business notice of motion no. 2—That, pursuant to standing order 25(9), the Senate determines:

 (a) that the chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee shall be elected by that committee from members nominated by minor parties or independent senators; and

 (b) that this order remain in effect until the President is duly notified of an agreement that meets the terms of standing order 25(9)(c).

Debate ensued.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz) moved the following amendment:

 Omit paragraph (a), substitute:

 (a) that the chair of the Environment and Communications References Committee shall be elected by that committee from members nominated by minor parties or independent senators; and

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) moved the following amendment to Senator Abetz's proposed amendment:

 Omit paragraph (a), substitute:

 (a) that the chairs of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee and the Environment and Communications References Committee shall be elected by those committees from members nominated by minor parties or independent senators; and

Debate ensued.


Question—That Senator Bob Brown's amendment to Senator Abetz's proposed amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

NOES, 54

Senators—

Adams

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Brown, C (Teller)

Bushby

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Crossin

Edwards

Eggleston

Farrell

Faulkner

Fawcett

Feeney

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Gallacher

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger

Lundy

Macdonald

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Nash

Parry

Payne

Polley

Pratt

Ronaldson

Scullion

Sherry

Singh

Sinodinos

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,29


Senators—
AbetzCashJohnstonPayne
AdamsColbeckJoyceRonaldson
BackEdwardsKrogerScullion
BirminghamEgglestonMadiganSinodinos
BoswellFawcettMasonWilliams (Teller)
BoyceFierravanti-WellsMcKenzie
BrandisFifieldNash
BushbyHeffernanParry

NOES, 34


Senators—
ArbibDi NataleMarshallSingh
BilykFarrellMcEwenStephens
BishopFaulknerMcLucasSterle
Brown, BobFeeneyMilneThistlethwaite
Brown, C (Teller)GallacherMooreUrquhart
CameronHanson-YoungPolleyWaters
CollinsHoggRhiannonWright
ConroyLudlamSherry
CrossinLundySiewert

Question negatived.

Main question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,34


Senators—
ArbibDi NataleMarshallSingh
BilykFarrellMcEwenStephens
BishopFaulknerMcLucasSterle
Brown, BobFeeneyMilneThistlethwaite
Brown, C (Teller)GallacherMooreUrquhart
CameronHanson-YoungPolleyWaters
CollinsHoggRhiannonWright
ConroyLudlamSherry
CrossinLundySiewert

NOES, 29


Senators—
AbetzCashJohnstonPayne
AdamsColbeckJoyceRonaldson
BackEdwardsKrogerScullion
BirminghamEgglestonMadiganSinodinos
BoswellFawcettMasonWilliams (Teller)
BoyceFierravanti-WellsMcKenzie
BrandisFifieldNash
BushbyHeffernanParry

Question agreed to.

After 12.45 pm—