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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 80


Mr PRICE (5:42 PM) —Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to inform you that the opposition support this motion. This will allow the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005 to be debated and provide extra debating time. I need to inform the House that we have 62 speakers on the opposition side, including three Independent members, who wish to make a contribution to these important bills. I think the minister at the table would agree that these are very big changes to our industrial relations laws in this country, and we in the opposition fundamentally believe that every opposition member should be given the right to speak on this bill. I accept and welcome the fact that the minister has moved for more debating time tonight by extending the debate to 10.30 on both Monday night and Tuesday night, but I seek an assurance from him that every member in this House has the democratic right to speak on this bill and will be given the opportunity to speak on this bill.

Question agreed to.