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Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Senator Evans)—and on the amendment moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) (see entry no. 18).

Reference to committee: The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing (Senator McLucas) moved the following amendment to Senator Bob Brown's proposed amendment:

 Omit "standing order 72 be amended by omitting paragraph (2) and that this amendment operate as a temporary order with effect to the end of 2008", substitute "the amendment to standing order 72(2) contained in attachment 3 of the report be referred to the Procedure Committee for further inquiry and report".

Question—That Senator McLucas' amendment to Senator Bob Brown's proposed amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

Question—That the amendment, as amended, be agreed to—put and passed.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.

Accordingly, standing order 25(9)(d) was amended to read as follows:

 (d) The deputy chair shall act as the chair of the committee when the member elected as chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

General business was called on.