Tuesday, 3 August 2021
Matters of Public Importance
I inform the Senate that, at 8.30 am today, 12 proposals were received in accordance with standing order 75. The question of which proposal would be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot. As a result, I inform the Senate that the following letter has been received from Senator O'Neill:
Pursuant to standing order 75, I propose that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:
The Prime Minister's failure to deliver a speedy effective rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, meaning Australians remain dangerously exposed today to the highly infectious Delta variant with the lowest vaccination rate in the developed world.
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 for today's discussion. With the concurrence of the Senate, I shall ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly.