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4           Formal motions—Consideration—Temporary order

Leave refused : The Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters) sought leave to move a motion relating to general business notice of motion no. 705 standing in the names of Senators Cormann and Wong for today relating to the consideration of formal motions. An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Proposed suspension of standing orders : Senator Waters, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent her moving a motion relating to the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion relating to general business notice of motion no. 705 .

Debate ensued.

Question—That the motion to suspend standing orders be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 11

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Rice

Waters

Faruqi

Lambie

Roberts

Whish-Wilson

Hanson

McKim

Siewert*

 

 

 

NOES, 51

Senators—

Abetz

Colbeck

McAllister

Rennick

Antic

Cormann

McCarthy

Ryan

Askew

Davey

McDonald

Scarr

Ayres

Duniam

McGrath

Sheldon

Bilyk

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Smith, Dean

Birmingham

Gallacher

McLachlan

Sterle

Bragg

Gallagher

McMahon

Stoker

Brockman

Green

Molan

Urquhart

Brown

Henderson

O’Neill

Van

Canavan

Hughes

O’Sullivan

Walsh

Carr

Hume

Paterson

Watt

Chandler

Kitching

Patrick

Wong

Ciccone*

Lines

Payne

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Senate— 2a7664ad-8710-499d-9d40-0b268c3f449a Leave refused : Senator Cormann sought leave to move general business notice of motion no. 705 standing in his name and the name of Senator Wong for today relating to the consideration of formal motions. An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Suspension of standing orders : Senator Cormann moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent general business notice of motion no. 705 being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

Closure : Senator Cormann moved—That the question be now put.

Question—That the question be now put—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 49

Senators—

Abetz

Cormann

McAllister

Rennick

Antic

Davey

McCarthy

Ryan

Askew

Duniam

McDonald

Scarr

Ayres

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath*

Sheldon

Bilyk

Gallacher

McKenzie

Smith, Dean

Birmingham

Gallagher

McLachlan

Sterle

Brockman

Green

McMahon

Stoker

Brown

Henderson

Molan

Urquhart

Canavan

Hughes

O’Neill

Van

Carr

Hume

O’Sullivan

Walsh

Chandler

Kitching

Paterson

Watt

Ciccone

Lines

Payne

Wong

Colbeck

 

 

 

NOES, 12

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Patrick

Siewert*

Faruqi

Lambie

Rice

Waters

Hanson

McKim

Roberts

Whish-Wilson

* Tellers

Question agreed to.

Question—That the motion to suspend standing orders be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 49

Senators—

Abetz

Cormann

McAllister

Rennick

Antic

Davey

McCarthy

Ryan

Askew

Duniam

McDonald

Scarr

Ayres

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath*

Sheldon

Bilyk

Gallacher

McKenzie

Smith, Dean

Birmingham

Gallagher

McLachlan

Sterle

Brockman

Green

McMahon

Stoker

Brown

Henderson

Molan

Urquhart

Canavan

Hughes

O’Neill

Van

Carr

Hume

O’Sullivan

Walsh

Chandler

Kitching

Paterson

Watt

Ciccone

Lines

Payne

Wong

Colbeck

 

 

 

NOES, 12

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Patrick

Siewert*

Faruqi

Lambie

Rice

Waters

Hanson

McKim

Roberts

Whish-Wilson

* Tellers

Question agreed to by an absolute majority, in accordance with standing order 209(1).

Senator Cormann moved:

(1)               That the following variations to the standing orders have effect as a temporary order until the last sitting day in June 2021:

(a)                  At the end of standing order 66, add:

(5)               The following additional requirements apply to the consideration of general business notices of motion as formal motions:

(a)          senators may make (or have made on their behalf) only one request for formality in any sitting week;

(b)          no more than 12 motions may be dealt with as formal motions on any sitting day, comprising no more than four proposed by Government senators, four proposed by Opposition senators, and four proposed by minor party and independent senators;

(c)          the motions to be considered shall be notified to the President; and

(d)         the allocation of motions to be taken as formal amongst minor party and independent senators each day shall be determined by the President and, across the course of a sitting week, shall be as nearly as practicable proportional to the numbers of those minor party and independent senators in the Senate.

(6)               The restrictions in paragraph (5) do not apply in respect of motions for the consideration of legislation (including the introduction of bills) or the conduct of Senate or committee business (including the appointment of a select committee).

(b)                  After standing order 76(7), insert:

(7A)     A general business notice of motion shall not exceed 200 words, unless it is a motion:

(a)          for the consideration of legislation or the conduct of Senate or committee business (including the appointment of a select committee); or

(b)          proposing an order for the production of documents.

(2)              That the Procedure Committee review the operation of this order, and report to the Senate by the last sitting day in May 2021.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 49

Senators—

Abetz

Cormann

McAllister

Rennick

Antic

Davey

McCarthy

Ryan

Askew

Duniam

McDonald

Scarr

Ayres

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath*

Sheldon

Bilyk

Gallacher

McKenzie

Smith, Dean

Birmingham

Gallagher

McLachlan

Sterle

Brockman

Green

McMahon

Stoker

Brown

Henderson

Molan

Urquhart

Canavan

Hughes

O’Neill

Van

Carr

Hume

O’Sullivan

Walsh

Chandler

Kitching

Paterson

Watt

Ciccone

Lines

Payne

Wong

Colbeck

 

 

 

NOES, 12

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Patrick

Siewert*

Faruqi

Lambie

Rice

Waters

Hanson

McKim

Roberts

Whish-Wilson

* Tellers

Question agreed to.

Leave refused : Senator Waters sought leave to move a motion relating to the ability of crossbench senators to move motions. An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Proposed suspension of standing orders : Senator Waters, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent her moving a motion for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion relating to the ability of crossbench senators to move motions.

Closure : The Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann) moved—That the question be now put.

Question—That the question be now put—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 48

Senators—

Abetz

Cormann

McAllister

Rennick

Antic

Davey

McCarthy

Ryan

Askew

Duniam

McDonald

Scarr

Ayres

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath*

Sheldon

Bilyk

Gallacher

McKenzie

Smith, Dean

Birmingham

Gallagher

McLachlan

Sterle

Brockman

Green

McMahon

Stoker

Canavan

Henderson

Molan

Urquhart

Carr

Hughes

O’Neill

Van

Chandler

Hume

O’Sullivan

Walsh

Ciccone

Kitching

Paterson

Watt

Colbeck

Lines

Payne

Wong

 

 

NOES, 11

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Rice

Waters

Faruqi

Lambie

Roberts

Whish-Wilson

Hanson

McKim

Siewert*

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.

Question—That the motion to suspend standing orders be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 11

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Rice

Waters

Faruqi

Lambie

Roberts

Whish-Wilson

Hanson

McKim

Siewert*

 

 

 

NOES, 46

Senators—

Abetz

Cormann

McCarthy

Ryan

Antic

Davey

McDonald

Scarr

Askew

Duniam

McGrath

Sheldon

Ayres

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Smith, Dean

Bilyk

Gallacher

McLachlan

Sterle

Birmingham

Gallagher

Molan

Stoker

Brockman

Green

O’Neill

Urquhart

Canavan

Henderson

O’Sullivan

Van

Carr

Hughes

Paterson

Walsh

Chandler

Hume

Payne

Watt

Ciccone*

Lines

Rennick

Wong

Colbeck

McAllister

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Leave refused : Senator McKim sought leave to move a motion relating to the capacity of senators to raise matters of concern to their constituents. An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Proposed suspension of standing orders : Senator McKim moved— That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent him moving the motion.

Ruling of President : The President ruled the motion out of order, in accordance with earlier rulings against the obstruction of Senate business by the use of repeated motions to suspend standing orders.