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Monday, 17 September 2012
Page: 7037


Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (15:02): Mr Deputy President, unfortunately the President has left before I could raise this issue, but could you please ask the President if he could give a ruling on senators addressing the chair? The President has ruled that there is no point of order, but I would like him to come back to the Senate and advise senators whether he expects them to face him when they address him or whether they should turn their backs deliberately to him. What I am asking you to do, Mr Deputy President, is to refer the matter to the President and to ask him to come back with a deliberative statement on the conduct of senators in this chamber insofar as facing the chair.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Thank you, Senator Macdonald. The President, if he wishes to, will make any further comment. He has already made some comments about that.