Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Suspension of Standing Orders
Everyone knows what the amendment is; you have had a good chance to read it. But I do want to respond briefly to comments made by Senator Abetz about the hypocrisy on this side of the chamber in looking to put forward a process which allows debate in this place. If we go back through history over a series of governments since the time this parliament first met, there has been poor practice and best practice. The fact that we could make an argument that we could not come here today to talk about having a more transparent way of how we operate and seeking a full day of debate in this Senate in a standard day would be able to be dismissed because people said that it would not operate beforehand. That is not the way this place operates. We are not going back to argue about different places in the past.