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4       Hours of Meeting and Routine of Business—Variation

Leave refused : The Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield) sought leave to move a motion relating to the hours of meeting and routine of business for today.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Suspension of standing orders : Senator Fifield, at the request of the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Brandis) and pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent a minister moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to provide that a motion relating to the hours of meeting and routine of business for today may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 44

Senators—

Abetz

Fawcett

McKenzie

Ryan

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

McKim

Scullion

Brandis

Fifield

Muir

Seselja

Bushby (Teller)

Hanson-Young

Nash

Siewert

Canavan

Heffernan

Parry

Simms

Cash

Johnston

Payne

Sinodinos

Colbeck

Lindgren

Reynolds

Smith

Cormann

Ludlam

Rhiannon

Wang

Day

Macdonald

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

Madigan

Ronaldson

Williams

Edwards

McGrath

Ruston

Xenophon

 

 

NOES, 23

Senators—

Bilyk

Dastyari

Ludwig

Polley

Brown

Gallagher

Marshall

Singh

Bullock

Ketter

McAllister

Sterle

Cameron

Lambie

McLucas

Urquhart (Teller)

Carr

Leyonhjelm

O’Neill

Wong

Conroy

Lines

Peris

 

 

 

Question agreed to.

Senator Fifield moved—That a motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for today may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 44

Senators—

Abetz

Fawcett

McKenzie

Ryan

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

McKim

Scullion

Brandis

Fifield

Muir

Seselja

Bushby (Teller)

Hanson-Young

Nash

Siewert

Canavan

Heffernan

Parry

Simms

Cash

Johnston

Payne

Sinodinos

Colbeck

Lindgren

Reynolds

Smith

Cormann

Ludlam

Rhiannon

Wang

Day

Macdonald

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

Madigan

Ronaldson

Williams

Edwards

McGrath

Ruston

Xenophon

 

 

NOES, 23

Senators—

Bilyk

Dastyari

Ludwig

Polley

Brown

Gallagher

McAllister

Singh

Bullock

Ketter

McLucas

Sterle

Cameron

Lambie

Moore

Urquhart (Teller)

Carr

Leyonhjelm

O’Neill

Wong

Conroy

Lines

Peris

 

 

 

Question agreed to.

Senator Fifield moved—That, on Thursday, 3 December 2015:

    (a)   the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to adjournment;

    (b)   consideration of private senators’ bills under standing order 57(1)(d)(i) shall not be proceeded with, that government business shall have precedence over all other business for 2 hours and 20 minutes and that the following government business orders of the day shall be considered:

No. 6      Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2015

No. 1      Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015

No. 2      Labor 2013-14 Budget Savings (Measures No. 2) Bill 2015;

     (c)   from not later than 12.45 pm, the government business order of the day relating to the Export Control Amendment (Quotas) Bill 2015 shall be considered;

    (d)   government business shall be called on after consideration of the bill listed in paragraph (c) and considered till not later than 2 pm; and

     (e)   if by 2 pm the following bills have not been finally considered:

Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2015

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015

Export Control Amendment (Quotas) Bill 2015

Labor 2013-14 Budget Savings (Measures No. 2) Bill 2015, then:

                  (i)   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,

                 (ii)   the routine of business from not later than 4.30 pm shall be government business only,

                (iii)   divisions may take place after 4.30 pm, and

                (iv)   the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed after it has finally considered the bills listed above, or a motion for the adjournment is moved by a minister, whichever is the earlier.

Leave refused : The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) sought leave to move an amendment to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Proposed suspension of standing orders : Senator Wong moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent her moving an amendment to the motion.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 23

Senators—

Bilyk (Teller)

Dastyari

Marshall

Sterle

Bullock

Lazarus

McEwen

Urquhart

Cameron

Leyonhjelm

McLucas

Wang

Carr

Lines

Moore

Wong

Collins

Ludwig

Peris

Xenophon

Conroy

Madigan

Polley

 

 

 

NOES, 36

Senators—

Abetz

Edwards

Macdonald

Ruston

Bernardi

Fawcett

McGrath

Scullion

Brandis

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Seselja

Bushby (Teller)

Fifield

McKim

Siewert

Canavan

Hanson-Young

Payne

Simms

Cash

Heffernan

Reynolds

Sinodinos

Colbeck

Johnston

Rhiannon

Smith

Cormann

Lindgren

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

Ludlam

Ronaldson

Williams

 

 

Question negatived.

Leave refused : Senator Wong sought leave to move a motion to adjourn consideration of the motion to a later hour.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Proposed suspension of standing orders : Senator Wong moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent her moving a motion to adjourn consideration of the motion to a later hour.

Ruling of Acting Deputy President : The Acting Deputy President (Senator Williams) ruled that he could not receive any further motions for the suspension of standing orders. The majority of the Senate having determined that the motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business should be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate and having declined to suspend standing orders to depart from this in its earlier votes, he was obliged to put the question on that motion. This is in accordance with the rationale of rulings made by Presidents Hogg, Calvert and Sibraa.

Main question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 39

Senators—

Abetz

Fawcett

McGrath

Scullion

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Seselja

Brandis

Fifield

McKim

Siewert

Bushby (Teller)

Hanson-Young

Parry

Simms

Canavan

Heffernan

Payne

Sinodinos

Cash

Johnston

Reynolds

Smith

Colbeck

Lindgren

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Cormann

Ludlam

Rice

Williams

Di Natale

Macdonald

Ronaldson

Xenophon

Edwards

Madigan

Ruston

 

 

 

NOES, 22

Senators—

Bilyk (Teller)

Dastyari

Marshall

Polley

Brown

Ketter

McAllister

Singh

Bullock

Lazarus

McEwen

Sterle

Cameron

Leyonhjelm

McLucas

Wang

Carr

Lines

Moore

Wong

Conroy

Ludwig

 

 

 

Question agreed to.