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Thursday, 13 November 2008
Page: 6


Senator BRANDIS (10:01 AM) —I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the division that has just taken place.


Senator Ludwig —What is it about?


The PRESIDENT —It is about the motion, I understand. He is seeking leave to make a statement about the motion.


Senator BRANDIS —In relation to the division.


Senator Ludwig —If it is confined to the division, not the substance of the matter.


Senator BRANDIS —In relation to the matter on which the Senate has lately divided.


Senator Ludwig interjecting—


Senator BRANDIS —I can seek leave to make a statement on anything.


The PRESIDENT —Senator Brandis is entitled to seek leave. People in the chamber, regardless of where they sit on the floor, are entitled to either give leave or not give leave. That is the choice of others. I have done the right thing and called Senator Brandis. He has done the right thing and sought leave. I am asking the question: is leave granted for Senator Brandis to make a statement?

Leave not granted.