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Thursday, 12 November 2015
Page: 8476


The PRESIDENT (15:04): Senator Wong, I do not need to review the matter. You are correct. I actually got the standing order provision correct in the actual infringement of order, under 203. The correct procedure would be for me to first of all invite Senator Conroy to apologise, and then invite the Leader of the Government in the Senate, if I did not accept that apology—

Senator Wong: Or anyone.

The PRESIDENT: or anyone, but normally it is the Leader of the Government in the Senate, to then move that motion. The outcome is not different—so the outcome would have been the same. However, I do accept—you are absolutely correct—that I got the order wrong. However, this is the first time, I think, in 10 years that that has been invoked, and that is the only provision that the President has—and you can imagine me being very rusty with that provision, having never used it at all before. And I hope I never have to use it again. Thank you, Senator Wong.