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SENATE—PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH MATTERS OF PRIVILEGE

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 723—That the Senate—

 (a) expresses confidence in the President's handling of the recent privileges issue for which Senator Kroger sought precedence; and

 (b) notes with dismay the criticisms by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) of the President, both in the Senate chamber on 19 March 2012 and at the Senate doors on 20 March 2012.


Leave refused: Senator McEwen sought leave to move an amendment to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Statements by leave: Senator McEwen and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Leave refused: Senator Abetz sought leave to make a statement relating to the motion.

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 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 and negatived.

The question on the motion was divided—

Statement by leave: Senator Abetz, by leave, made a statement relating to the matter.

Question—That the motion in respect of paragraph (a) be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,49


Senators—
AbetzEdwardsLundyRyan
BackEgglestonMacdonaldSherry
BernardiEvansMadiganSingh
BilykFarrellMarshallSinodinos
BirminghamFawcettMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
Brown, CarolFeeneyMcKenzieSterle
BushbyFierravanti-WellsMooreThistlethwaite
CameronFifieldNashUrquhart
Carr, KimFurnerParryWilliams
CashGallacherPayneXenophon
ColbeckHeffernanPolley
CollinsHoggPratt
CrossinKrogerRonaldson

NOES, 9


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamRhiannonWaters
Di NataleMilneSiewert (Teller)Wright
Hanson-Young

Question agreed to.

Question—That the motion in respect of paragraph (b) be agreed to—put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,22


Senators—
AbetzColbeckKroger (Teller)Payne
BackEdwardsMacdonaldRonaldson
BernardiEgglestonMadiganRyan
BirminghamFawcettMcKenzieScullion
BushbyFifieldNash
CashHeffernanParry

NOES, 35


Senators—
BilykFarrellMarshallSingh
Brown, BobFaulknerMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
Brown, CarolFeeneyMilneSterle
CameronFurnerMooreThistlethwaite
Carr, KimGallacherPolleyUrquhart
CollinsHanson-YoungPrattWaters
CrossinHoggRhiannonWright
Di NataleLudlamSherryXenophon
EvansLundySiewert

Question negatived.