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Thursday, 18 June 2009
Page: 6581


Mr RAMSEY (3:32 PM) —My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Education. Can the minister confirm that the Lake Wangary Primary School on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia has received a second-round school stimulus debacle grant for $850,000 to construct—


The SPEAKER —Order! I am interrupting just to illustrate that even in the application of the standing orders this use of the word ‘debacle’, which I have allowed, is outside the standing orders.


Mr RAMSEY —I will rephrase that, Mr Speaker. Can the minister confirm that the Lake Wangary Primary School on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia has received a second-round school stimulus grant for $850,000 to construct a new multipurpose hall when the school council chairman has obtained a quote showing the same building could be constructed for just $250,000? Will the minister explain how this represents value for money?


Mr ALBANESE (Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government) —I can certainly confirm two things. I can confirm that this school will be getting funding, because every school will be getting funding, including every school in Grey. And the second thing I can confirm is that the member for Grey voted against it. They are the two things that I can confirm for sure.


Mr Hartsuyker —Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. It is on relevance. Mr Speaker, we can confirm $600,000 is wasted.


The SPEAKER —The member for Cowper will resume his seat. The minister is responding to the question.


Mr ALBANESE —Mr Speaker, they come in here and they say that they are opposed to spending on these schools, they say that there is waste in these schools, and yet back in their electorates they are out supporting it. I can confirm that people in the southern part of Australia have said this:

The electorate has also been in the fortunate position to have received a number of federal funding grants to improve and support the local community. Along with funding towards the Wantirna South Sports Complex, over 40 primary and secondary schools as well as special needs educational—


Mr Turnbull —Mr Speaker—


The SPEAKER —The minister will resume his seat.

Honourable members interjecting—


Mr Pyne interjecting


The SPEAKER —First of all, the minister will resume his seat, the Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat, just for the moment, and the member for Sturt will leave the chamber for one hour under standing order 94(a).

The member for Sturt then left the chamber.


Mr Turnbull —Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. This circumnavigation of the globe of irrelevance has to stop.


The SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat.


Mr Turnbull —He is travelling—


The SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat.


Mr Turnbull —all over Australia—


The SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat!


Mr ALBANESE —I was asked a question about Building the Education Revolution; I am giving an answer about Building the Education Revolution and they do not like it. Well, they say they do not like it, but this is what they say in their newsletters. This is what the member for Aston said in his newsletter: that schools in Aston are beneficiaries of successful applications for federal funding.


Ms Julie Bishop —Mr Speaker—


The SPEAKER —The Deputy Leader of the Opposition can only be raising relevance. The minister is responding to the question.


Ms Julie Bishop —Mr Speaker, I would like to make my point of order.


The SPEAKER —No. I am in a position to make a ruling. No, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition will resume her seat.


Ms Julie Bishop —I would like to make my point of order.


The SPEAKER —The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will resume her seat.


Ms Julie Bishop —Mr Speaker, I would like the opportunity—


The SPEAKER —The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will resume her seat.


Fran Bailey interjecting


The SPEAKER —She has the opportunity to make the point of order, Member for McEwen. If you have a point of order, you would have an opportunity, too, but you do not have an opportunity to interject, because that is actually against the standing orders. The only point of order that you could be raising is relevance, and I have ruled that the minister is responding to the question.


Mr ALBANESE —In their newsletters they are actually outlining every school that is getting funding in their electorates and claiming credit for it. That is what they are doing back in their electorates.

Opposition members interjecting—


The SPEAKER —The minister will resume his seat. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will resume her seat and the member for Mackellar will resume her seat.


Mrs Bronwyn Bishop interjecting


The SPEAKER —Excuse me, Member for Mackellar, sometimes I am doing things for absolutely appropriate reasons and they will be revealed, if the member for Mackellar would please resume her seat. Having checked that I had not warned the member for Tangney, the member for Tangney will leave the chamber for one hour under standing order 94(a). He has now allowed me to illustrate that I am putting into practice a precedent set by Speaker Jenkins Sr by his actually displaying a sign with an unparliamentary word.


Dr Jensen interjecting


The SPEAKER —The member for Tangney is named.

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler —Leader of the House) [3:39 PM] —I move:

That the member for Tangney be suspended from the service of the House.

Question put.