The migration bill has passed the second reading stage 32 to 30. Labor, the Greens, Derryn Hinch, Tim Storer and Centre Alliance have passed it, and the Coalition have voted against its own bill.
The next stage of this long drawn out theatre is voting on the Storer-Nick McKim amendments (to add provisions about medical transfers). Then we’ll get a final, third reading vote and it will pass the Senate.
Pauline Hanson is on her feet attempting to move a motion to extend debate to 5pm, leave not granted. So now she is trying to suspend standing orders.
So all the conservative parties – the Coalition, Cory Bernardi and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation are lock stock and barrel with the plan to delay the Phelps bill.
Scott Ryan has got advice about whether this is in order: it’s about an extension of time not a deferral of the vote, so it’s technically a different motion. Ryan said this is the “last time” he will entertain a motion to change the time limit.
Hanson gets five minutes to speak on the motion:
The Australian people feel cheated they have not been able to have their say on this … The Greens have more interest in what’s happening around the world than worrying about the people here in Australia.”