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Thursday, 26 June 1997
Page: 6458

Mr LEO McLEAY —Mr Deputy Speaker—

Mr Sinclair interjecting

Mr LEO McLEAY —I am trying to look after you, Ian. You are getting so old and rickety.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Nehl) —No, don't look after him. Address your question to me.

Mr LEO McLEAY —You will look after him for me, good on you, thank you very much. Mr Deputy Speaker, you will recall—

Mr Reith —Take your foot off the furniture.

Mr LEO McLEAY —Take your foot out of your mouth.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Proceed with your question.

Mr LEO McLEAY —You will recall the other day at the Joint House Committee meeting that the Speaker indicated to that meeting that he would seek a briefing for the committee from Minister Jull as to what will be happening to the availability of transport for rickety people such as the member for New England. Can you ascertain from the Speaker—

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —You should withdraw that.

Mr Pyne interjecting

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The member for Sturt is not in his seat and will not be in this chamber if he keeps that up. The member for Watson did invite me to protect the right honourable member for New England, and I am doing that.

Mr LEO McLEAY —You are right, he probably does need protecting, so I will withdraw it. He should in fact be in protective custody.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —You will withdraw that too.

Mr LEO McLEAY —I will withdraw that too, because there are probably some decent people in protective custody around this country. The Speaker indicated that he would ascertain from Minister Jull whether he would give a briefing to the committee about what was happening. The Speaker said he would try to have that briefing arranged prior to the time the House got up. Could you ascertain from the Speaker when that meeting will be held?

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Nehl) —I certainly will. I thank the honourable member for Watson. I remind him and all members that there are many hours to go yet to arrange that meeting.