Thursday, 18 October 2018
Plebiscite (Restricting Non-European Migration) Bill 2018; First Reading
I shall now proceed to the discovery of formal business. Given the Senate's vote denying the postponement of notice of motion No. 1166, I will move immediately to that matter. Senator Anning, we're moving to notice of motion No. 1166, as the Senate has determined not to allow its postponement.
Just on the comments around the room earlier, the bill only asks for a plebiscite to give the Australian people a say in who comes to this country. I can't think of anything more democratic than that, but apparently everyone else in this room can. I move:
That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for a plebiscite at the next general election in relation to migration to Australia and for related purposes.
Question agreed to.
I present the bill and move:
That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.