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DAYS AND HOURS OF MEETING AND ROUTINE OF BUSINESS—VARIATION

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins), pursuant to notice, moved government business notice of motion no. 1—That—

 (1) On Wednesday, 14 March, Monday, 19 March, Tuesday, 20 March and Wednesday, 21 March 2012, any proposal pursuant to standing order 75 shall not be proceeded with.

 (2) On Wednesday, 14 March and 21 March 2012, consideration of government documents shall not be proceeded with, and instead the routine of business shall be government business only.

 (3) Divisions may take place on:

  (a) Thursday, 15 March 2012, after 4.30 pm; and

  (b) Monday, 19 March 2012, before 12.30 pm.

 (4) On Thursday, 15 March 2012:

  (a) the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 11.10 pm;

  (b) consideration of general business and consideration of committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General's reports under standing order 62(1) and (2) shall not be proceeded with;

  (c) the routine of business from not later than 3.45 pm shall be government business only; and

  (d) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 10.30 pm.

 (4A) The Senate meet on Friday, 16 March 2012, and that:

  (a)  the hours of meeting shall be 9 am to 2.40 pm;

  (b)  the routine of business shall be government business only, and

  (c)  the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 2 pm.


 (5) On Tuesday, 20 March 2012:

  (a) the hours of meeting shall be 11 am to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 11.10 pm;

  (b) the routine of business from 11 am till not later than 2 pm, and from not later than 7.30 pm shall be government business only; and

  (c) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 10.30 pm.

 (6) The following government business orders of the day shall have precedence over all government business, be called on in the following order and be considered under a limitation of time, and that the time allotted for all remaining stages be as follows:

Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 2011 and 2 related billscommencing immediately until 6 pm on 15 March 2012Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 and 10 related billscommencing at 7.30 pm on 15 March 2012 until 9.15 pm on 19 March 2012Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Bill 2011 and 2 related billscommencing not later than 11 am until 11.30 am on 20 March 2012Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2012commencing immediately after the preceding item until 6 pm on 20 March 2012Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012commencing not later than 7.30 pm until 8.15 pm on 20 March 2012Road Safety Remuneration Bill 2011 and a related billcommencing immediately after the preceding item until 10 pm on 20 March 2012Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers and Offences) Bill 2012commencing immediately after the preceding item until 10.30 pm on 20 March 2012Indirect Tax Laws Amendment (Assessment) Bill 2012commencing not later than 9.30 am until 10 am on 21 March 2012Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 1) Bill 2012commencing immediately after the preceding item until 10.30 am on 21 March 2012Fair Work Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry) Bill 2011 [2012]commencing immediately after the preceding item until noon on 21 March 2012Broadcasting Services Amendment (Regional Commercial Radio) Bill 2011 [2012]commencing immediately after the preceding item until 12.15 pm on 21 March 2012Insurance Contracts Amendment Bill 2011commencing immediately after the preceding item until 12.30 pm on 21 March 2012
Excise Amendment (Reducing Business Compliance Burden) Bill 2011 and a related billcommencing immediately after the preceding item until 12.40 pm on 21 March 2012Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2011commencing immediately after the preceding item but not later than 4 pm until 4.15 pm on 21 March 2012Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012commencing immediately after the preceding item until 4.30 pm on 21 March 2012Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2011-2012 and a related billcommencing immediately after the preceding item until 7 pm on 21 March 2012

 (7) Paragraph (6) of this order shall operate as a limitation of debate under standing order 142.

Debate ensued.

Closure: Senator Collins moved—That the question be now put.

Question—That the question be now put—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 38

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Carr, Bob

Carr, Kim

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Di Natale

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Sherry

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Waters

Wright

Xenophon

NOES, 33

Senators—

Abetz

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger

Macdonald

Madigan

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Sinodinos

Williams (Teller)

Question agreed to.

Question—That the motion be agreed to—put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,37


Senators—
BilykDi NataleLundySingh
BishopFarrellMarshallStephens
Brown, BobFaulknerMcEwen (Teller)Sterle
Brown, CarolFeeneyMilneThistlethwaite
CameronFurnerMooreUrquhart
Carr, BobGallacherPolleyWaters
Carr, KimHanson-YoungPrattWright
CollinsHoggRhiannon
ConroyLudlamSherry
CrossinLudwigSiewert

NOES, 34


Senators—
AbetzColbeckJohnstonPayne
BackCormannJoyceRonaldson
BernardiEdwardsKrogerRyan
BirminghamEgglestonMacdonaldScullion
BoswellFawcettMadiganSinodinos
BoyceFierravanti-WellsMasonWilliams (Teller)
BrandisFifieldMcKenzieXenophon
BushbyHeffernanNash
CashHumphriesParry

Question agreed to.

 Documents: Senator Collins tabled the following documents:

  Consideration of legislation—Statements of reasons [2] for introduction and passage of Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2011-2012, Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2011-2012 and the Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012 in the 2012 autumn sittings.