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Wednesday, 8 April 1998
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Mr Warwick Smith —The Attorney's not here, so let's go to No» . 11 on the Daily Program.

Mr Melham —Can't get your business in order. That's because «human» «rights» is off your agenda, is it?

Mr Kerr —You just want to sack the people in Launceston.

Mr Crean —You sacked workers at Burnie and Devonport. How many of those in your electorate? Why don't you get up and say something about them?

Mr Warwick Smith —Why don't you sit down?

Mr Crean —Why don't you shut up?

Mr Warwick Smith —You're nothing but a motormouth.

Mr Crean —You're a ventriloquist's dummy.

Mr Warwick Smith —Madam Deputy Speaker, I raise a point of order. I ask the member for Hotham to withdraw that.

Mr Crean —Withdraw what? Ventriloquist's dummy?

Mr Warwick Smith —Why are you hurling around personal abuse at this time of the night? Why don't you withdraw?

Mr Crean —I am just stating the obvious, the truth.

Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon. J.A. Crosio) —Order! The honourable minister has been offended by what the honourable member for Hotham has to say.

Mr Crean —If precious over there is so offended, I withdraw; but he knows it's true.

Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER —I ask both to desist.

Mr Warwick Smith —In the absence of the Attorney, I again move that the item be postponed to a later hour of this day.

Mr Crean —What sort of a sham is this?

Mr Melham —They're postponing «human» «rights» ; that's what they're doing.

Mr Crean —Madam Deputy Speaker, I raise a point of order. This is a shambles. This is a government that would not allow a debate before on a very important issue. Why don't we move to that now? This is a government that cannot get its business in order and we have this dope of a minister coming to the table seeking an adjournment for some other minister. Where are they? Wasn't this the government—

Mr Warwick Smith interjecting


Mr Crean —I am still on the point of order.

Mr Ross Cameron —Madam Deputy Speaker—

Mr Warwick Smith interjecting

Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER —I will direct the House. You do not have to direct me on how to do it. I ask the minister to take his place. The member for Parramatta has a point of order. He was on his feet first. I ask the member for Hotham to take his seat.

Mr Ross Cameron —My point of order is a question to you. Is it in order to raise a point of order simply to vent one's spleen and reopen a debate which is «no» longer before the House?

Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER —There is «no» point of order. It is a fictitious point of order. There is an item of business before the chair. I understand that the Attorney-General is here now.

Mr Melham —We did this just to give you time, Daryl.

Mr Crean —Where have you been, Daryl?

Mr Warwick Smith —Stop being a grub.

«Bill» presented by Mr Williams, and read a first time.

Mr Kerr —Does that have anything to do with the right to belong to a union? Is there anything in there about a right to belong to a union?

Mr Crean «No» , a right to be sacked if you do belong to one.

Mr Warwick Smith —You're a grub. You're a grub.

Mr Crean —Madam Deputy Speaker, I raise a point of order. I take offence to what has just been said by the minister three times. I ask him to withdraw it.

Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER —I will ask the minister—

Mr Warwick Smith —I withdraw—but you know it's true.

Opposition members —Ha, ha!

Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER —I have called the clerk. The clerk has read the «bill a first time. If you wish to participate in this procedure, well and good; you are entitled to stay in the House. If you do not wish to participate in the debate, you can leave the chamber. I call the Attorney-General.