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Thursday, 25 September 2014
Page: 7146

Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandDeputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, Vice-President of the Executive Council, Minister for Arts and Attorney-General) (13:45): by leave—Senator Wong, I do not want to lose the bipartisanship the Labor Party has commendably shown in relation to this bill. Frankly, if a mistake was made in the judgement of those who manage the opposition's business in this chamber, then a mistake was made.

Nevertheless, this is not—

Opposition senators interjecting

Senator BRANDIS: If I may finish, please. This is not a gag motion. This is a motion to close debate on a Greens amendment which has been debated now for almost three hours. Those of us who have been following the debate could not have the slightest doubt that what Senator Ludlam was engaged in was, in the most obvious way, a filibuster. As a consequence of Senator Ludlam's filibuster, and as a result of the time-management arrangements for next week which Senator Wong has foreshadowed, had the debate on Senator Ludlam's motion not been closed there would be insufficient opportunity for other parties and other senators to have their amendments considered in the committee stage. I thank the Senate for agreeing to terminate Senator Ludlam's filibuster.