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Monday, 23 November 2009
Page: 8583

Senator CORMANN (5:19 PM) —At the request of Senator Minchin, I move:

That the Health Insurance Amendment (Compliance) Bill 2009 be called on immediately and have precedence over all other government business today until determined.

Senator CORMANN —The reason we want to bring this bill on now—

The PRESIDENT —No, it is a procedural motion, Senator Cormann. I just put the motion.

Senator CORMANN —Is it? I spoke for 10 minutes last time.

The PRESIDENT —That is my advice from the clerk at the table.

The bells having been rung—

The PRESIDENT —Before calling the division, I will just point out that I made a wrong call based on advice I received from the clerk at the table. Senator Cormann should have been given the right to address that motion. I was advised by the clerk that there was no debate on the motion, because it was procedural.

Question put.