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Wednesday, 13 March 2002
Page: 1139


Mr SLIPPER (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (12:11 PM) —Madam Deputy Speaker, I seek your indulgence in relation to the Security Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002 that the Attorney-General introduced into this House yesterday. The Office of Parliamentary Counsel has drawn to the Attorney's attention a discrepancy between the title of this bill and the title of the bill referred to in the notice of presentation that the Attorney gave to the House on Monday.

Opposition members interjecting—


Mr SLIPPER —Just listen. The discrepancy means that the introduction of the bill was technically inconsistent with the standing orders and it is desirable that the bill be withdrawn. Therefore, I ask leave of the House to present a bill for an act to enhance the Commonwealth's ability to combat terrorism and treason and for related purposes and, following the motion for the second reading, for the resumption of the debate to be made an order of the day for a later hour this day.

Opposition members interjecting—


Mr SLIPPER —I have asked leave of the House.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Ms Gambaro)—Is leave granted?


Mr Swan —We are not quite sure what the parliamentary secretary was saying. There has been a case of Slipper overboard.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER —I call the parliamentary secretary.


Mr SLIPPER —If the member for Lilley was prepared to listen, if he was not talking when I spoke before, he would understand that what we are doing is withdrawing the bill that was introduced earlier and I am seeking leave of the House, for technical reasons, to present a bill for an act to enhance the Commonwealth's ability to combat terrorism and treason and for related purposes and, following the motion for the second reading, for the resumption of the debate to be made an order of the day for a later hour this day. I understand my friend has just granted leave; is that correct?

Leave granted.