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Thursday, 6 December 2018
Page: 9661


Senator WONG (South AustraliaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (12:04): (In division)I'm happy to provide some indication. The reference is to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee.

Senator Cormann interjecting

Senator WONG: Senator Cormann, if you want to use interjections as the basis of asserting a party's position, I'm very happy to do so. Can I make the point so that the chamber, and I thank those who've supported it—

Senator Ian Macdonald interjecting

Senator WONG: No; we need to proceed.

Senator Ian Macdonald interjecting

Senator WONG: Can I just be clear: this is the committee to which these issues were previously referred. They have already done the work ahead of the Sex Discrimination Act discussion that we had this week. We have put forward an amendment and, if the Senate supports it, we'd be grateful.

Senator Ian Macdonald interjecting

The PRESIDENT: I will come to you, Senator Macdonald. In my recollection, when this amendment was moved verbally, the word 'references' was not used. That has probably caused the confusion. Senator Bernardi rightly pointed out that this may happen.

Senator Bernardi interjecting

The PRESIDENT: You say, 'I told you so', quite rightly. That is the point of the confusion. Senator Macdonald, I will call you and then I will come to you, Senator Pratt. Are you seeking leave to make a statement, Senator Macdonald?