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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Page: 7197


Senator GALLAGHER (Australian Capital TerritoryManager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (17:21): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 494.

Leave granted.

Senator GALLAGHER: I move:

Paragraph (d), omit all words after "resolves that the Senate will not consider any bills within the Minister's portfolio", substitute "from the adjournment of the Senate on Thursday, 14 September 2017 until the High Court determines the question of the eligibility of Mr Joyce to sit as a member of the House of Representatives, unless the Prime Minister reallocates the Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio to another minister with clear legal authority to act".

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the amendment moved by Senator Gallagher be agreed to. Point of order, Senator Macdonald? Senator Macdonald, you do need to be in your seat to address the Chair.

Honourable senators interjecting

The PRESIDENT: Order!

Senator Ian Macdonald: There was someone else in my seat, so I couldn't do that. They've kindly given me—

The PRESIDENT: Are you seeking clarification, Senator Macdonald?