Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017; In Committee
Point of order. I'm not sure that you understood. Senator Abetz is saying that he invites the Greens or Senator Siewert to answer this, that and the other. That is through the chair—
The TEMPORARY CHAIR: What is your point of order, Senator Macdonald?
Your ruling is wrong, as is your wearing of a badge that indicates a partisan view of the debate before the chair. You should be excused from the chair or you should take it off.
The TEMPORARY CHAIR: That's a fair enough point, Senator Macdonald. I didn't take that into account when I sat in the chair. I will take the badge off for you. Do you have another point of order in relation to Senator Abetz?
Senator Abetz was addressing through the chair and you've wrongly instructed him to do it. He wasn't addressing Senator Siewert directly—
The TEMPORARY CHAIR: I have made my ruling—
as you can well see.
The TEMPORARY CHAIR: Senator Macdonald! I have made my ruling. Sit down!
I was sitting down.
The TEMPORARY CHAIR: I have made my ruling, Senator Macdonald. Senator Abetz is to direct his comments through the chair so we can avoid having a disorderly chamber. Senator Abetz has the call.