Friday, 10 November 2023
I seek leave to move a motion relating to the variation of business.
Leave not granted.
Pursuant to contingent notice, 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 allow a motion concerning the routine of business today, to be moved immediately and determined without debate.
And I move:
That the question be now put.
I would like clarification from the leader of the government in this matter. We have heard accusations and a call from the Leader of the Opposition that, in order to gag this vote, the government would have to offer them the transmission inquiry.
Rather than just rushing this through right now, we need to know: has a deal been done, called on by the gas industry cuddling up to—
Senator Hanson-Young, please resume your seat. I have to complete putting the division. I will state the question again so that everyone understands what we are doing. I am not entertaining anyone else standing. The question now is that the motion to suspend standing orders be agreed to. Ring the bells for one minute.
A division having been called and the bells being rung—
Senator McKim, I explained to you there has been no ensuing debate. I am putting the question. The call has been for one-minute bells. Senators, please resume your seats. You are out of order, Senator David Pocock and Senator Rice. Resume your seats. Senator Rice, are you seeking to take a point of order?
The question is that the question be now put on the procedural motion moved by the minister. I advise senators that we have not changed the rule as to the calling of a division. So we can't hold further divisions, because it's after 3.30.