Senator URQUHART (Tasmania—Opposition Whip in the Senate) (16:52): I ask that general business notice of motion No. 624, standing in the name of Senator Chisholm for today relating to northern and regional Queensland, be taken as a formal motion.
Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:52): I seek leave to amend this motion by deleting paragraph (a) and deleting in paragraph (b) all words after the word 'Macdonald' so that the motion would mean that the Senate applauds Senator Macdonald.
Leave not granted.
The PRESIDENT: There being no objection to the motion being taken as formal, I call Senator Urquhart.
Senator URQUHART (Tasmania—Opposition Whip in the Senate) (16:52): At the request of Senator Chisholm, I move:
That the Senate:
(a) notes that the Prime Minister:
(i) has failed to represent people in northern and regional Queensland,
(ii) has failed to connect with people in northern and regional Queensland and identify with their values, and
(iii) is only concerned with Brisbane and the south-east; and
(b) applauds Senator Macdonald for calling out the Prime Minister's neglect of northern and regional Queensland.