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Thursday, 16 October 2003
Page: 21634


Ms MACKLIN (10:14 AM) —I am moving an amendment—

Mr ABBOTT (Warringah—Leader of the House) (10.14 a.m.)—I move:

That the question be now put.

A division having been called and the bells being rung—


Mr McMullan —Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise on a point of order about your proposition that this should be a one-minute division. There has certainly been new business introduced into the parliament. This is actually a subsequent and separate matter from the last division. By definition there must have been intervening debate or else no-one would have needed to move a gag motion. So it should be a four-minute division.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon. I.R. Causley)—The fact is that very little debate, if any, took place between the two, and that is why I called a one-minute division.


Ms Macklin —Mr Deputy Speaker, as you have just indicated yourself, there was a little bit of debate and for that reason it should be a four-minute division.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER —I think the words that I heard were fairly unintelligible; therefore, there was no debate.


Mr Zahra —Are you hard of hearing now? Can't you hear? The problem with the Nationals is that they can't hear anything!


The DEPUTY SPEAKER —The member for McMillan seems to have a very short memory!


Mr Zahra —There is nothing wrong with my memory.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER —I will deal with the member for McMillan after the division.

Question put.