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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 1878


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (10:07): by leave—As honourable senators are aware, the government proposes to move referrals to the Court of Disputed Returns in relation to both the qualifications of Senator Culleton and the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr Day. The ordinary time to do that would be now but, given the volume of material that has been tabled and following informal discussions between myself and Senator Wong, of which the crossbench have also been apprised, we propose to seek leave of the Senate to move those motions sequentially at 12.30. The motion concerning Mr Day's vacancy will be moved first by Senator Ryan. Upon that motion being disposed of, I will move the motion in relation to Senator Culleton.