Thursday, 18 June 2020
Dissent from Ruling
Senator McKim, I'm entertaining this last disruption to the procedure because it pertains to me and I think it would be unreasonable for the chair to not entertain that; I'd be putting myself before the Senate. I had to call the Leader of the Government in the Senate, who takes precedence according to the standing orders. No-one around me is disagreeing with that particular ruling.
A point of order: I was on my feet. It's not a question of precedence, because I had not resumed my seat after I moved dissent to your ruling. And I remain on my feet, and I don't believe that Senator Cormann can be called, unless it's on a point of order.
On that basis, the motion is out of order—
An honourable senator interjecting—
It hasn't been submitted. Can I add a piece of advice from the Clerk. Under standing order 198, dissent, it is automatically adjourned to the next day unless the Senate decides otherwise. That's never been tried on me, so my apologies for not being familiar with it, Senator McKim.