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Monday, 19 March 2018
Page: 1518

Senator CORMANN (Western AustraliaLeader of the Government in the Senate, Minister for Finance, Special Minister of State and Vice-President of the Executive Council) (20:46): I believe that you called the outcome for the government even though the vote was 31-31, I believe. We don't believe that 31-31 is a reflection of the true will of the chamber. Two senators were absent, namely Senators Georgiou and Burston, who are now here. I ask leave for the vote to be recommitted, consistent with the convention, and for Senators Georgiou and Burston to be given an opportunity to explain why they missed the division.