Wednesday, 9 December 2020
I seek leave to move a motion relating to the consideration of legislation.
Leave not granted.
Pursuant to contingent notice standing in my name, I move:
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to provide that a motion relating to the consideration of legislation may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.
And I move:
That the question be now put.
(In division) I advise senators that, because normally they would be allowed to abstain by staying behind the rail which is now being used for seating, if they do need to abstain from a vote, if there's no-one in one of the rear advisers' boxes I will allow them to move to those as if they were moving to the rail, so their vote isn't counted. It's something we haven't encountered yet.
The question is that the motion moved by Senator Birmingham to suspend standing orders be agreed to.
(a) the hours of meeting be 9.30 am to adjournment;
(b) if, by 7.20 pm, the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020 has not been finally considered, the routine of business from that time be consideration of the bill only;
(c) if, by midnight, consideration of the bill has not been completed, the questions on all remaining stages be put without debate;
(d) paragraph (c) operate as a limitation of debate under standing order 142;
(e) divisions may take place after 7.20 pm for the purposes of the bill only; and
(f) the Senate adjourn without debate after the consideration of the bill, or when the adjournment is proposed by a minister, whichever is earlier.