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Thursday, 12 November 2015
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Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (12:17): I apologise. The amendment ought to be in these terms: that the committee should consist of six, not five, senators, and that there be two, rather than one, nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Is leave granted for Senator Xenophon to seek to amend the motion?

Leave granted.

Senator XENOPHON: I move that the motion be amended as follows:

Paragraph 2, omit "5 senators, 1 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate", substitute "6 senators, 2 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate".

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that the amendment moved by Senator Xenophon to the motion be agreed to.

A division having been called and the bells being rung—

Senator Lazarus: Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to have the division cancelled.

Leave granted.

Senator Ian Macdonald: I raise two points of order. In relation to the motion as a whole, is there a rule in the Senate that senators can only chair one committee? I note that this is a second committee that Senator Lazarus would chair. The second point of order is: I understood there was a convention, if not a rule, that all of the crossbenchers would share in any committee chairs that were going to the crossbenchers. I am not aware of any other crossbencher having the chairmanship of a committee, whereas, if the motion to establish a select committee passes, this one senator will have two chairs.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: I am certainly not aware of any such rule. I am aware that other senators have chaired two committees in the past. To my knowledge, there is no rule that limits chairs going to crossbenchers. The question is that the amendment moved by Senator Xenophon be agreed to.

Question agreed to.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question now is that general business notice of motion No. 937, as amended, be agreed to.

Question agreed to.