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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Page: 8987


The PRESIDENT (16:04): I inform the Senate that at 8.30 am today Senators Siewert and Leyonhjelm each submitted a letter in accordance with standing order 75 proposing a matter of public importance. The question of which proposal would be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot. As a result, I inform the Senate that the following letter has been received from Senator Siewert.

Dear Mr President

Pursuant to standing order 75, I propose that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

The chaos, lack of transparency and waste surrounding the Abbott-Turnbull Government's outdated urban freeway projects including the Perth Freight Link, East West Link, and WestConnex.

Is the proposal supported?

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

The PRESIDENT: I understand that informal arrangements have been made in relation to today's debate to allocate specific times to the speakers. With the concurrence of the Senate, I ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly.