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21       Next meeting of Senate

The Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann) moved— That:

(a)              the orders of the Senate of 14 November 2019 relating to the days of meeting for 2020 and estimates hearings be suspended until 11 August 2020;

(b)              the President shall alter the day and time of the next meeting of the Senate at the request of, or the agreement of, the Leader of the Government in the Senate and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and the time of meeting shall be notified to each senator;

(c)              the Senate may meet in a manner and form not otherwise provided for in the standing orders with the agreement of the Leader of the Government in the Senate and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and the rules and orders necessary to constitute such a meeting may be determined by the Procedure Committee; and

(d)             leave of absence be granted to every member of the Senate from the end of the sitting today, to the day on which the Senate next meets.

Debate ensued.

The question was divided at the request of Senator McKim.

Question—That part (a) of the motion be agreed to—put and passed. All Australian Greens senators, by leave, recorded their votes for the noes.

Senator McKim moved—That parts (b) and (c) of the motion be amended to include “the Leader of the Greens in the Senate” after “the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate”.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived. All Australian Greens senators and Senator Roberts, by leave, recorded their votes for the ayes.

Question—That the remaining parts of the motion be agreed to—put and passed.