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Thursday, 28 June 2018
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Senator JACINTA COLLINS (VictoriaActing Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (11:46): by leave—I move:

Omit all words after "That", substitute:

(a) the following orders of the day shall have precedence over all other government business until determined:

   (i) the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2018 and the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2018,

   (ii) the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Bill 2018 and the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018,

   (iii) Interactive Gambling Amendment (Lottery Betting) Bill 2018,

   (iv) Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2018,

   (v) Treasury Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2018,

   (vi) Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2018,

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   (vii) Corporations (Fees) Amendment (ASIC Fees) Bill 2018,

   (viii) National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Amendment (ASIC Fees) Bill 2018,

   (ix) Superannuation Auditor Registration Imposition Amendment (ASIC Fees) Bill 2018,

   (x) Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Amendment (ASIC Fees) Bill 2018,

   (xi) Australian Astronomical Observatory (Transition) Bill 2018,

   (xii) Health Legislation Amendment (Improved Medicare Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2018,

   (xiii) Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Amendment Bill 2018, and

   (xiv) Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payments for Carers) Bill 2018;

(b) the routine of business from not later than 4.30 pm today shall be consideration of the bills listed in paragraph (a) only;

(c) divisions may take place after 4.30 pm; and

(d) the Senate shall adjourn without debate after proceedings on the bills are concluded.

This motion, once amended, does what the chamber has not yet been able to resolve today—that is, set the pattern for the remainder of the day. I should highlight that the motion is being circulated; I apologise that it's this late coming, but I'm sure senators will appreciate that it will resolve the remainder of the day for us. But let me explain it in a bit of detail first. It provides the Senate with endless opportunity to complete the consideration of the national security bills, the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Bill 2018, the interactive gambling amendment bill and all bills listed in the non-controversial legislation today that we may not otherwise complete by 12.45. The government has repeatedly emphasised the importance of these national security bills, yet has presented no proposal to the chamber over the last two weeks to enable us to complete consideration of them before the conclusion of this sitting.

This is—and I stress this—neither a gag nor a guillotine. It allows consideration of those matters that I have indicated. This motion should be supported by all senators who have an interest in debating these bills fulsomely.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the amendment to the motion moved by Senator Collins be agreed to.

Question agreed to.

The PRESIDENT: We now return to the now-amended motion of Senator Birmingham. Senator Patrick?