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21       Administration— Australian Public Service

Senator Gallagher, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 640—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that a strong and properly resourced public service will be critical during the COVID-19 recovery period, including:

(i)                    to continue to lead the national health response to prevent a second wave,

(ii)                  to design and implement economic recovery measures, and

(iii)                to provide essential services to the community; and

(b)              calls on the Morrison Government to:

(i)                    abolish the arbitrary staffing cap, and

(ii)                  guarantee that no Australian Public Service jobs will be cut during this term of Parliament.

Statements by leave : The Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters) and the Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.