Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Matters of Public Importance
A letter has been received from Senator Siewert.
Pursuant to standing order 75, I propose that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:
The need for the Morrison government to take leadership to protect and restore Australia's fire-damaged landscapes by investing in reforestation, protecting native forests by ending logging (including damaging, so-called 'salvage' logging), and by urgently funding wildlife and habitat recovery.
Is the proposal supported?
More than the number of senators required by the standing orders having risen in their places—
I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times to each of the speakers in today's debate. With the concurrence of the Senate, I ask the Clerks to set the clocks accordingly.