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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Page: 8973

Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (15:34): I ask that business of the Senate notice of motion No. 4 standing in my name and in the names of Senators Whish-Wilson, Lambie and Lazarus for today, proposing a reference to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee relating to the powers and processes of the Foreign Investment Review Board, be withdrawn. Mr President, I seek leave to make a 20-second statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for, I am sure, a minute.

Senator XENOPHON: I will not need that long. I indicate to all those people out there listening that this motion is being withdrawn as a result of an agreement with the opposition. There will be an alternative motion to deal with the matters of concern in relation to the port of Darwin lease to a foreign entity. It will be dealt with later in the course of motions being dealt with.

The PRESIDENT: Thank you, Senator Xenophon. That was 21 seconds!