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Monday, 20 March 2017
Page: 1396


The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Bernardi ) (15:51): I inform the Senate that, at 8.30 today, three senators each submitted a letter in accordance with standing order 75. Senator Gallagher proposed a matter of urgency and Senators Roberts and Siewert proposed matters of public importance for discussion. The question of which proposal would be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot. As a result, I inform the Senate that the following letter has been received from Senator Roberts:

Pursuant to standing order 75, I propose that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

The prosecution of the Christian community in south-east Queensland.

Is the proposal supported?

More than the number of senators required by the standing orders having risen in their places—

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT: I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times to each of the speakers in today's debate. With the concurrence of the Senate, I shall ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly.