Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Days and Hours of Meeting
As other senators are noting, this is a very important piece of legislation, responding to the High Court, and I understand that other parties too believe that it should be dealt with promptly—and, indeed, on the run, given the timetable involved. I continue reading the motion:
That the order of the Senate agreed to on 19 June 2012, relating to the hours of meeting and routine of business, be varied to provide that:
On Wednesday, 27 June 2012:
(a) the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 8 pm;
(b) consideration of matters of public interest shall not be called on and instead the Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2012 be called on, have precedence over all business, be considered under a limitation of time and the time for the remaining stages commence at 12.45 pm until 1.50 pm;
(c) paragraph (b) operate as an allocation of time under standing order 142;
(d) divisions may take place between 12.45 pm and 2 pm; and
(e) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 7.20 pm.
The Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2012 is known as the Williams matter.