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AGAINST – Committees — Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee; Reference

Sue Lines

I remind senators that yesterday two votes were deferred relating to business of the Senate notices of motion moved by Senator Roberts and Senator O'Sullivan. I understand it now suits the convenience of the Senate to hold those votes now.

If there is no objection, I will deal with the first vote, on the proposed reference to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee moved by Senator Roberts. The question is that the motion be agreed to. I believe the noes have it.

Honourable Senator

An honourable senator interjecting—

Sue Lines

There was only one voice there, Senator—

Senator Roberts, it's disorderly to call out from your chair. Senator Roberts.

Malcolm Roberts

Thank you, President. We called for a division last night, and it was to be deferred till today.

Sue Lines

You still need two voices.

Malcolm Roberts

Do the Liberals know that? Because they're supporting the motion.

Sue Lines

Senator Roberts, please don't call out across the chamber. There weren't two voices, so please resume your seat. I will put the question again. We're dealing with the deferred motion as moved by Senator Roberts, a reference to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee.


Date and time: 4:12 PM on 2023-03-28
Senator Pocock's vote: No
Total number of "aye" votes: 30
Total number of "no" votes: 32
Total number of abstentions: 14

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