Senator RHIANNON(New South Wales) (21:29): I am an atheist. I grew up with a strong belief that freedom of religion is fundamental to democracy. In my teenage years, I was fortunate enough to be a member of the Young Humanists. There were some wonderful times that further strengthened my respect for and interest in different beliefs and different viewpoints.
Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:50): I ask that general business notice of motion No. 244 standing in my name for today relating to the role of civil disobedience in reducing economic and social inequality be taken as a formal motion.
The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Is there any objection to this motion being taken as formal?
Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:53): I move Greens amendment on sheet 8056 standing in my name: At the end of the motion, add:
", but the Senate notes this Bill is likely to lead to an expansion of the Australian gambling market through in-play betting in TABs, clubs and licenced premises and questions the rationale for such an approach in light of Labor and Liberal parties having received $10,460,819 in political donations from gambling interests over the past ten years.".
Senator RHIANNON: Minister, have you hired additional media or public relations staff or consultants who cover that area to manage the contamination at Williamtown and the contamination issue generally at other bases?
Senator Payne: In my personal office?
Senator RHIANNON: Within the department. The question was to manage the contamination issues at Williamtown.
Senator RHIANNON: I would like to ask some questions about scrutineering and the count. Is it reasonable that the number of scrutineers that candidates can appoint remains linked only to AEC officials and not to the amount of data entry staff?
Mr Pirani: It is actually a requirement in the act. Section 264 sets out the number of scrutineers that a candidate is able to engage. Section 264 says: