Senate Business - Suspension of Standing Orders


Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (11:49 AM) Mr President, I seek leave to move a motion that your ruling be noted.

Leave not granted.
Senator IAN MACDONALD Mr President, I move:

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving a motion to take note of the Presidents ruling.

This government are so hopeless and poorly managed that they do not understand that these bills listed in paragraph 6(c)

Honourable senators interjecting
Senator IAN MACDONALD I appreciate that the Greens would not know this because all they are interested in is any fraudulent activity that might win them a vote or two in the Victorian election. I would have hoped that the government

Honourable senators interjecting
Senator IAN MACDONALD Ooh, is that a threat I am being threatened by the Greens. Heaven forbid! Protect me please, Mr President, the Greens are threatening me! I am so traumatised I can barely get this out, but I was trying to say to Senator Ludwig that we could get to a position where these motions listed at paragraph 6(c), which we are told are very important, may not be voted on. I am particularly interested in the Territories Law Reform Bill, which is listed at the end. The opposition will be moving amendments in relation to that particular bill but, with the way these orders stand at the moment, we may well not get to them.
Senator Carr interjecting
Senator IAN MACDONALD Senator Carr keeps yelling out. He has absolutely no idea what I am talking about. Senator Carr, if you opened your ears you would understand that I am actually trying to facilitate

Government senators interjecting
The PRESIDENT Can I suggest that debate across the chamber at this hour is not assisting anyone. Senator Macdonald, you are entitled to put your point and be heard in silence.
Senator IAN MACDONALD Thank you, Mr President. Regrettably, some senior members on the other side are such boofheads

Government senators interjecting
Senator IAN MACDONALD I can name some if you want me to. They are such boofheads that they do not understand that under the current standing orders, which this government has so mismanaged this morning, it could well eventuate that we will get to three oclock tomorrow afternoon and not have dealt with this legislation which, they tell us, is importantand I know the Territories Law Reform Bill is important.
Senator Carr interjecting
Senator IAN MACDONALD What I say now has nothing to do with the Territories Law Reform Bill because we do not get onto that, Senator Brownif you would only read the motions that you have just supporteduntil after your 23rd gag today. Fancy that: the Greens are listed in the pages of Hansard opposing gagsI certainly hope the voters of Victoria understand this, because the Greens portray themselves as the upholders of the parliament and the democratic institutionand here they are against everything they have said for as long as they have been in parliament. Ever since they have been here, they have railed against gagging debate, and here they are, 23 times this morning, with the support of Senator Xenophon and Senator Fielding, trying to gag proper debate. Because they are not listening to my speech now, they are going to gag debate on the AirportsAmendment Bill 2010, the Tax Laws Amendment (Confidentiality of Taxpayer Information) Bill 2010 and the Radiocommunications Amendment Bill 2010bills that we cannot start debating, according to Senator Browns motion, until noon on Friday.

What the Greens, the Labor Party and the Independents are effectively doing is curtailing debate on the Airports Amendment Bill, the Tax Laws Amendment (Confidentiality of Taxpayer Information) Bill, the Radiocommunications Amendment Bill, the Family Law Amendment (Validation of Certain Parenting Orders and Other Measures) Bill, the Corporations Amendment (Sons of Gwalia) Bill, the Health Insurance Amendment (Pathology Requests) Bill, the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2010 Measures No. 1) Bill andthe one that I am particularly interested inthe Territories Law Reform Bill, where the opposition will be moving a substantial number of amendments. Clearly, under the table of time that the government and the Greens have imposed upon us we are not going to be able to meet those

Honourable senators interjecting
Senator IAN MACDONALD They are not noncontroversial according to this. Where does it say noncontroversial
Senator Siewert Read the red!
Senator IAN MACDONALD This is the red here!

Honourable senators interjecting
Senator IAN MACDONALD The red has been replaced by this series of agreements that the Labor Party and the Greens have just imposed upon the Senate. Those things have to be dealt with. Senator Siewert, are you going to extend your gag to each of those bills Are you going to gag us all on those bills again That is another indication of the lack of proper scrutiny and debate on those six very important bills. We are obviously going to be gagged on those as well. (Time expired)

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (10:02 AM) I want to use my couple of minutes to emphasise what I heard both Senator Dr Robert James Brown and Senator Xenophon say in this debate and that is that they both want a full and open debate on the NBN proposal. There are a hell of a lot of amendments to be dealt with and they need to be properly scrutinised, so I again emphasise to the parliament that both Senator Brown and Senator Xenophon have guaranteed a full, open and accountable debate, which means that neither of them will be moving the gag motion and neither of them, nor their parties and followers, will be supporting the gag debate at any time during the debate on the NBN. I want to emphasise that. Thank you, Senator Brown, and thank you, Senator Xenophon, for indicating there will be a full and open debate, which means you will not be moving and you will not be supporting a gag motion. The Greens, since time immemorial, have railed against the imposition of gags. I am sure they will not change their mind; otherwise, Senator Brown would be called a hypocrite.
The PRESIDENT Order!
Senator IAN MACDONALD I did not say he was a hypocrite; I said if he voted for it he would be a hypocrite, because he has spoken for so long about not supporting gags. Should it be the case that Senator Brown did change his mind and did prove what he just said now to be a complete lie, then it would show that Senator Brown would be displaying his absolute and unmitigated hypocrisy.
The PRESIDENT Order!

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