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Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Page: 5300

Mr FARMER (10:53 AM) —Given the fact that the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has not answered my question—

Mr Albanese —Mr Deputy Speaker, I raise a point of order. The time for this item is over. There is an allocated time for these debates, and I have other business as Leader of the House.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon. AR Bevis)—On the point of order, the allocation of times has, as I understand it, been agreed between the whips on both sides of the chamber. It is not actually determined by the House. Therefore, the times are indicative and not something which the chair can enforce. That does of course mean that if members do not keep to the times that they had themselves agreed then the process of the day will become unworkable, but it is not something that I am in a position from the chair to enforce. The minister has concluded the debate.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Portfolio

Proposed expenditure, $1,455,351,000