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Thursday, 15 November 2018
Page: 8283

Senator ANNING (Queensland) (12:43): I ask that general business notice of motion No. 1205, standing in my name for today, relating to Queensland abortion laws, be taken as a formal motion.

The PRESIDENT: Is there any objection to this motion being taken as formal?

An honourable senator: Yes.

The PRESIDENT: There is an objection. Senator Whish-Wilson?

Senator Whish-Wilson: On a point of order, I was going to ask if you could explain the request. I want to understand why he was given precedence.

The PRESIDENT: I had a number of requests from senators that, given the limited time available today, I move through the Notice Paper on a numerical basis.

Senator Whish-Wilson: So it's possible to make requests in future?

The PRESIDENT: Well, I always indicate to the Senate at the start of general business that I essentially seek permission to deal with them in a manner that facilitates all of them being dealt with in a convenient way, but any senator, under the standing orders, is entitled to ask that their motion be dealt with on numerical basis—that is, in the order listed on the Notice Paper. That is why I started with 1190, and the next number listed, because 1200 has been postponed, is 1205.

Senator Whish-Wilson: Could I ask for clarification? What form would the request take?

The PRESIDENT: Senators approach me all the time with respect to a number of matters being dealt with today.

Senator Whish-Wilson: We don't have to put it in writing to you?

The PRESIDENT: No. You're allowed to stand up in the Senate chamber, Senator Whish-Wilson, and ask, as other senators have done, that this matter be dealt with.

Senator Whish-Wilson: So is it possible to make a request to you now about other motions that—

The PRESIDENT: I would do it with whoever is in the chair at the time.