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Thursday, 28 October 2010
Page: 1002

Senator LUDWIG (Manager of Government Business in the Senate) (10:43 AM) —by leave—On behalf of the government, we accept that Senator Ludlam has now made a statement and formally asked for a recommittal. These things have occurred in the past and, of course, the position we have taken as a party, both in opposition and in government, is that if an explanation is made it is one that is in terms of a misadventure and we would therefore accept it to ensure that the voting within the House is reflective of the proportions of the members in the House. On that basis, clearly that has now been undertaken by Senator Ludlam and we agree. In terms of the humiliating apology by Senator Joyce in relation to his unfortunate attack on the wrong party, we gracefully accept his apology.

Senator Fielding —We cannot hear a thing. Could Senator Ludwig repeat the whole lot, because I did not hear a thing. If it is important enough to say it—

The PRESIDENT —I will have the acoustics in the chamber examined, but it may well be something wrong with that microphone. We will see about that in the fullness of time.

Honourable senators interjecting—

The PRESIDENT —As my colleague has just pointed out, it will be on Hansard for you to read tonight.