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Thursday, 25 September 2014
Page: 7146

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (13:47): by leave—There is no filibuster underway here. The fact is that Senator Brandis has been, as he has so often shown himself to be, his own worst enemy in regard to chamber management. By obstructing debate in the chamber yesterday by refusing to provide a document he had in his possession, and by sitting mute instead of answering sensible questions that myself and crossbenchers have been putting to him for nearly 2½ hours, Senator Brandis once again has been own worst enemy. I understand we will now proceed to the vote, but let no-one be mistaken: Senator Macdonald moved this amendment. The government is now gagging a tremendously important amendment on a bill that will have consequences for all of us.

The CHAIRMAN: The question is that amendments (1) and (2) on sheet 7570 moved by Senator Macdonald be agreed to.