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Monday, 11 May 2015
Page: 2752

Senator MOORE (Queensland) (15:39): I would not wish to spoil the goodwill that has burst out around the Senate chamber, but I want to put on record that, as the chamber knows, the Labor Party had sought to have a full day of sitting today. The will of the chamber at the time was not to support that. As we put forward at the time, we felt there was sufficient business for us to use the whole day if we were going to take the expense and time to have this sitting today. That was voted down by the chamber, and of course we support that result. In view of that, when the government came to us about what was going to happen because of the speed with which we were dealing with the three bills that were before us, we supported the will of the chamber again to say that we make as much use of today as we can and move forward on the biosecurity bills. But I just wanted to remind the chamber that it was the view of the Labor Party that this should have been a full day.

Question agreed to.