Students will no longer be able to attend a debate about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
House Speaker Bronwyn Bishop’s motion to strip the students of the House privileges was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 51-46 on Wednesday.
The House is expected to pass the bill again and send it to the Senate for consideration.
Students are able to watch the debate but can’t vote.
The motion states that the students “shall not be permitted to attend any other debate on the Hogwarts House of Commons except the Chamber” unless it is “to discuss the merits of the Chamber”.
The motion was defeated by Labor.
Professor Martin Tettamanti, the vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney, was one of the MPs who voted against the motion.
“It is deeply disappointing that the Chamber will be stripped of all of the privileges of the Senate, particularly the right to debate, because the Senate is the institution of last resort, and they are only available for that purpose,” Professor Tettamsanti said.
“The students are very good people, they’re good students, they are people that are going to do the right thing and the students should be able too.”
Students will also be barred from wearing Harry Potter clothing in any public place except in the Senate Chamber.
Students will not be allowed to attend the House debate on Pottermore or the House Committee on the Arts.
Students have been attending a debate on Harry Potter on the House committee on the arts and culture to support their work on the exhibition.
The House will not debate any matter of the Pottermore exhibition unless it relates to the exhibition or the Chamber.
The Chamber of the Harry Potter House of Books, which was constructed in 1899, was originally opened to the public in June this year.
The exhibition will be on view until February 28, 2019.
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