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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 2063

Senator CORMANN (Western AustraliaMinister for Finance and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) (21:49): I thank all senators who have contributed to this debate. In relation to the matter Senator Leyonhjelm has raised, the interpretation applied by the government has been consistently applied by this government and its predecessors and is based on the longstanding interpretation of the Senate executive compact of 1965, and its modification in 1999. I commend the bill to the Senate.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Gallacher ): The question is that the second reading amendment moved by Senator Leyonhjelm be put.

Question negatived.

Original question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.