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Thursday, 15 October 2015
Page: 7726

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate, Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government) (09:36): by leave—The laws of physics dictate that I cannot occupy two places at the same time. I cannot be in this chamber talking, as I am at the moment, and at the same time consulting with my relevant colleagues on this issue. So it is not reasonable to expect a vote to take place on something which has not been circulated. It is not my fault and it is not the fault of anyone sitting in this chamber, so I do not think it is reasonable that we be expected to vote upon something that we have not had the opportunity to reflect on and to consult on.

The PRESIDENT: Well, that is the only course of action that we have open to us. Either we grant permission by resolution for this committee to meet or the motion does not go through as it usually automatically does. I gather from the debate we are having that it is desirable now to have this matter put to a vote.