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Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Page: 4173


Senator BERNARDI (South Australia) (16:08): Mr President, just before we proceed, may I ask for you to reflect on your ruling in regard to that motion, because, by any stretch of the imagination, the Senate yesterday voted unanimously to ask the government to extend an invitation to the President of the United States to address a joint sitting of parliament, given that circumstance. In that motion, the Greens' motion, which was defeated, it says that the Senate:

… believes that an invitation to President Trump to visit Australia, and to address a joint meeting of Parliament, would represent the normalisation of racism, bigotry and misogyny …

I think that clearly does reflect on a decision of the Senate, and I would ask you to consider that in an abundance of time.

The PRESIDENT: I will consider that, Senator Bernardi. I'm guided by the principle that the Senate is entitled to change its mind. In this case, the motion was negatived. But I will come back to the chamber if there is any difference to what I've said in my on-the-run advice to you of a few minutes ago.