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The Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig), by leave, made a statement relating to the days and hours of meeting and routine of business.

Statements by leave: Senators Parry and Ludwig, by leave, made statements relating to the matter.

Senator Ludwig, by leave moved government business notice of motion no. 3 in an amended form—That—

 (1) On Thursday, 26 November 2009:

  (a) the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to adjournment;

  (b) consideration of general business and consideration of committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General's reports under standing order 62(1) and (2) shall not be proceeded with;

  (c) the routine of business from 12.45 pm till not later than 2 pm shall be government business only, and from not later than 4.15 pm shall be the government business order of the day relating to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2] and 10 related bills;

  (d) divisions may take place after 4.30 pm; and

  (e) if the Senate is sitting at 11 pm, the sitting of the Senate be suspended till 9.30 am on Friday, 27 November 2009.

 (2) On Friday, 27 November 2009, the qu estion for the adjournment of the Senate shall be put at 3.45 pm.

 (3) The Senate meet on Monday, 30 November 2009, and that:

  (a) the hours of meeting shall be 10 am to adjournment;

  (b) the routine of business from 10 am shall be government business only; and

  (c) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed after the Senate has finally considered the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2] and 10 related bills, including any messages from the House of Representatives.

Debate ensued.

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add:

 (4) On each new calendar day on which the Senate sits a period of a least one hour be set aside for question time.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.

Main question put and passed.