Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Consideration of Legislation
I am not misleading the chamber. In anticipating the urgency and gravity of the nature of this, I'm more than happy to read the motion so that senators can have clear in their minds what we're addressing or seeking a suspension for. The motion reads:
(a) the message from the House of Representatives relating to the Senate amendments to the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 be reported immediately,
(b) consideration of the message shall have precedence over all other business, including senators' statements and question time, until determined,
(c) immediately after the message is reported, the following motion in respect of the message shall be proposed from the Chair and considered without amendment:
That the Senate agrees to the amendments made by the House of Representatives to the Senate amendments to the bill.
(d) a senator speaking to the motion shall not speak for more than 5 minutes and, if the debate is not concluded at the expiration of 30 minutes after the motion is proposed, the question on the motion shall then be put, and