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Thursday, 17 August 2000
Page: 19289

Mr McGAURAN (Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation) (3:31 PM) —Forgive me.

Mr Beazley —No, never.

Mr McGAURAN —You are hard, unforgiving, relentless people, aren't you? Why don't you turn your attention to policy?

Mr SPEAKER —Will the Deputy Leader of the House resume his seat. I do not think that a suggestion that no-one will be forgiven would exactly be the sort of remark we would want to leave on the parliament record. But I should add to the Deputy Leader of the House that any suggestion that says, `You are hard' and whatever followed, which reflects unfairly on the chair, would not have been intended and would have been inappropriate. The Deputy Leader of the House may continue.

Mr McGAURAN —Mr Speaker, you are a softie—we know that! Papers are tabled as listed in the schedule circulated to honourable members. Details of the papers will be recorded in the Votes and Proceedings.

I present papers on the following subject, being a petition which is not in accordance with the standing and sessional orders of the House:

Calls on the Prime Minister to exempt the RSPCA from the goods and services tax from the member for Blaxland—3,970 petitioners.