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28    Hours of Meeting and Routine of Business—Proposed Variation

Senator Muir, also on behalf of Senators Day and Wang, the Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team (Senator Lazarus) and Senators Lambie and Leyonhjelm, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1088—That—

    (a)   the Senate notes:

                  (i)   that the building and construction industry is a significant driver of economic activity in Australia, producing around 8 per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product,

                 (ii)   that the building and construction industry comprises over 330 000 businesses nationwide, and directly employs over one million people, which is around 9 per cent of the total workforce,

                (iii)   comments by the Treasurer (Mr Morrison) in The Australian on 1 February 2016 where he stated that re-establishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) was an important economic reform that must be passed by this Parliament,

                (iv)   that the Prime Minister (Mr Turnbull) has stated that re-establishing the ABCC was absolutely vital, and

                 (v)   that it has had an opportunity to debate legislation to reinstate the ABCC but has declined to do so; and

    (b)   the resolution of 15 March 2016 relating to the hours of meeting and routine of business for this week be amended by adding to the list of bills in paragraph (4) the “Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2] and Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [No. 2]”.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 7

Senators—

Day

Lazarus

Muir (Teller)

Xenophon

Lambie

Leyonhjelm

Wang

 

 

 

NOES, 51

Senators—

Back

Cormann

Macdonald

Rice

Bernardi

Dastyari

McEwen

Ruston

Bilyk

Di Natale

McGrath

Ryan

Birmingham

Edwards

McKenzie

Scullion

Brandis

Fawcett

McLucas

Siewert

Bullock

Gallacher

Moore

Simms

Bushby (Teller)

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Sinodinos

Cameron

Johnston

O’Sullivan

Smith

Canavan

Ketter

Parry

Sterle

Carr

Lindgren

Paterson

Waters

Colbeck

Lines

Payne

Whish-Wilson

Collins

Ludlam

Reynolds

Williams

Conroy

Ludwig

Rhiannon

 

 

 

Question negatived.