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Wednesday, 16 September 2015
Page: 7017


The PRESIDENT ( 15:50 ): A letter has been received from Senator Lambie:

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

The Coalition Government's failure to debate in the House of Representatives private members legislation that has been passed by the Senate guaranteeing future pay rises for member of our Australian Defence Force are linked to the pay rises of members of parliament or Consumer Price Index, whichever is highest.

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 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.