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Monday, 12 September 2005
Page: 135


Mr ABBOTT (Leader of the House) (9:17 PM) —I move:

That, in relation to the proceedings on the following bills, so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the House making one declaration of urgency and moving one motion for the allotment of time in respect of all the bills:

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Future Proofing and Other Measures) Bill 2005;

Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Amendment (Industry Plans and Consumer Codes) Bill 2005; and

Appropriation (Regional Telecommunications Services) Bill 2005-2006

In so moving, I point out to the House that the sale of Telstra has been an issue before this nation for almost a decade. I point out to the House that this government has taken to the last two elections the policy of the full sale of Telstra and that this issue has been debated up hill and down dale in our nation for the best part of a decade. There has already been more debate in this House on this issue than the former government allowed in the Senate on the sale of the Commonwealth Bank.