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Thursday, 12 November 2015
Page: 8476


Senator WONG (South AustraliaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (15:03): by leave—Mr President, I have a question of you pursuant to standing order 72(2) in relation to the discussion in question time in relation to standing order 203. In question time today, Mr President, you purported to invite the Leader of the Government in the Senate to move a motion, pursuant to standing order 203, prior to Senator Conroy being called upon to make an explanation or an apology. I would invite you to read the standing order and pages 269 and 270 of Odgers.

Senator Ian Macdonald interjecting

The PRESIDENT: Order on my right—

Opposition senators interjecting

The PRESIDENT: and on my left.

Senator WONG: I would invite you to consider the provisions of the standing order. My question to you is whether or not in fact that was the appropriate procedure. My suggestion, for consideration by the President, is that the procedure was not properly followed. I am sure you would like time to review the matter and we look forward to your response.