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Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Page: 4028

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —The President has received a letter from the Leader of the Nationals in the Senate, Senator Joyce, proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, namely:

The Rudd Government’s hypocrisy on renewable energy and the recent closure of the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program that has been supporting remote Australian homes, communities and businesses since its introduction by the Howard Government in 2001.

I call upon those senators who approve of the proposed discussion to rise in their places.

More than the number of senators required by the standing orders having risen in their places—

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times to each of the speakers in today’s debate. With the concurrence of the Senate, I shall ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly.