Senate debates

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Statements

Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education

2:00 pm

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Order on my left while I'm speaking, Senator Cameron! On the first point of order raised by Senator Cormann, the Senate has ordered the minister to attend and make an explanation. The minister is doing that. The minister has also been speaking for 21 seconds, so it's a little presumptuous to claim they are not addressing the order. The minister should be heard in silence. There is question time immediately following this. I'm going to insist the minister be heard in silence while the minister makes the statement by order of the Senate, as a courtesy to all senators. There is question time after this. There are motions to take note of answers after this, and at any time someone may seek leave to do something else. It is appropriate the minister be heard in silence.

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