Thursday, 30 March 2017
Statement by the President
In the 25 seconds before 2 pm, I indicate that the Deputy President has referred for my consideration matters raised in points of order during a speech by Senator Roberts earlier today during the consideration of private senators' bills. I have not yet had the opportunity to review the Hansard, but I did want to address one matter relating to the withdrawal of remarks which are contrary to the standing orders. If the chair requires remarks to be withdrawn, that withdrawal must be unconditional. In withdrawing such remarks, a senator must not repeat them. This is a standard that has been consistently applied in this place for many years. By repeating remarks judged by the chair to be unparliamentarily, a senator is, in effect, disregarding the authority of the chair, contrary to the standing orders. If there are any other matters on which I need to come back to the Senate, I will do so after reviewing the Hansard.