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Odgers' Australian Senate Practice Thirteenth Edition

Chapter 10 - Debate

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Question put

When senators who wish to speak in a debate have done so, the President puts the question to the Senate and the Senate votes on the question. The putting of the question by the President ends the debate.[174]

In putting the question the President calls for the ayes and noes, and declares the chair's opinion of the result by declaring whether the ayes or the noes have it. This opinion may be challenged by two or more senators who are in the minority as declared by the chair by calling "divide", and a vote by division then ensues.[175]


174. SO 200.
175. See Chapter 11, Voting and Divisions.