Senate debates

Thursday, 7 December 2017


Suspension of Standing Orders

11:05 am

Photo of Richard Di NataleRichard Di Natale (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

That a motion relating to condemning the government for not following their own disclosure regime may be moved immediately and have precedence over all other business today.

I also move:

That the question be now put.

Question agreed to.

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that a number of Members of the House of Representatives—the chamber where Government is formed—may not be eligible to sit in that House under section 44 of the Constitution;

(b) expresses its deep concerns that the number of members lacking legal clarity in their eligibility means that the Government can no longer legitimately guarantee a majority in the House of Representatives;

(c) condemns the government for not complying with their. disclosure regime thus continuing this crisis; and

(d) urges the House of Representatives to refer all members whose eligibility is in question to the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, to ensure that we do not have an illegitimate government.

Question agreed to.


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