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MATTER OF PRIVILEGE—PERSONAL EXPLANATION

Senator Brandis, by leave, made a personal explanation relating to remarks made by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) during debate on the 150th report of the Committee of Privileges on 19 March 2012.

Document: Senator Brandis, by leave, tabled the following document:

 Matter of privilege—Letter from Senator Brandis to the Chair of the Standing Committee of Privileges (Senator Johnston) relating to the committee's inquiry into whether there was any improper influence in relation to political donations made by Mr Graeme Wood and questions without notice asked by Senator Bob Brown and Senator Milne, dated 10 February 2012.

Leave refused: Senator Bob Brown sought leave to make a statement relating to the matter.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

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 Senator Bob Brown making a statement.


Debate ensued.

Closure: The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research (Senator Evans) moved—That the question be now put.

Question—That the question be now put—put and passed.

Question—That the motion to suspend standing orders be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

NOES, 37

Senators—

Abetz

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Edwards

Evans

Farrell

Faulkner

Fifield

Fisher

Gallacher

Johnston

Kroger (Teller)

Lundy

Macdonald

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen

McKenzie

Moore

Nash

Parry

Polley

Ryan

Singh

Stephens

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.