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ADMINISTRATION—CONSTITUENTS' REQUEST PROGRAM

Senator Ronaldson, also on behalf of Senator Macdonald, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 729—That the Senate—

 (a) recognises that Buckingham Palace has issued two official portraits to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the ascension to the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia;

 (b) is concerned that these portraits are not available for members and senators of the Australian Parliament to distribute to organisations in their electorates under the Department of Finance and Deregulation's Constituents' Request Program; and

 (c) calls on the Government to expand the Constituents' Request Program to include access to these official portraits of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh in their Diamond Jubilee year, and to so enable members and senators of the Australian Parliament to share with organisations in their community images of Australia's Head of State.

Statements by leave: The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins), Senator Ronaldson and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

The President reminded senators of the Procedure Committee's second report of 2011 and its consideration of standing order 66 relating to procedures for dealing with formal motions and in particular, statements being made by leave which may lead to de facto debate.

Question put and passed.