Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Ministerial Suitability Commission of Inquiry Bill 2021; First Reading
Before the Senate votes on this, I would like to draw senators' attention to standing order 86(1), which reads as follows:
A question shall not be proposed if it is the same in substance as any question which has been determined during the same session, unless the order, resolution, or vote on such question was determined more than 6 months previously or has been rescinded.
I inform the Senate that last week, when this motion was negatived on the first reading, it was following a motion passed to introduce the bill. I allowed this reconsideration of the first reading because the bill has subsequently been published and senators have had an opportunity to view it, which they did not have upon the motion last week. The consequence of this motion being negatived is that I will not entertain a motion for the first reading of the same bill in the immediate future, because that would be in breach of standing order 86(1). I just think I should inform senators of that before I put the motion. The question is the motion moved by Senator Waters be agreed to.