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Monday, 16 November 2009
Page: 11685


Mr ALBANESE (Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government) (3:34 PM) —Mr Speaker, I seek the indulgence of the chair to add to an answer.


The SPEAKER —The minister may proceed.


Mr ALBANESE —In response to a question from the member for Kalgoorlie about a motion that I have on the Notice Paper about the Nation Building and Jobs program, I can inform the member for Kalgoorlie that the following funding is coming to his electorate: Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program funding, $11.96 million; Black Spot Program funding, $2.67 million; Boom Gates program funding, $2.53 million; and Building the Education Revolution program funding for a total of 166 schools—


Mr Haase —Mr Speaker, on a point of order, I seek information: how could this be considered in any way to be an addition to an answer?


The SPEAKER —The member for Kalgoorlie will resume his seat.


Mr Pyne —Mr Speaker, without wishing to test the patience of the Speaker, since this lead answer on the projects in Kalgoorlie was not relevant to the question in the first place, how can it be relevant in adding to an answer to a question? The question was why Kalgoorlie was not on the list. It was not about spending in Kalgoorlie. So how can adding to an answer be relevant when answering it in this manner was not relevant in the first place?

Honourable members interjecting—


The SPEAKER —Order! The member for Braddon and the Chief Government Whip at this late stage are not helping and I cannot believe everybody is waiting around for this. The member for Kalgoorlie asked a question that was in order. As part of that question he referred to a question on the Notice Paper. That then opens the door for the minister to make references to that motion. I hope that he is now going to conclude his addition to his answer in a very short time period.


Mr ALBANESE —I am, Mr Speaker. The total number of schools in Kalgoorlie benefiting from the Building the Education Revolution is 166. The total number of projects is 426, worth $206 million—


Mrs Bronwyn Bishop —Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order.


The SPEAKER —The member for Mackellar will resume her seat. I have ruled on the point of order.


Mrs Bronwyn Bishop —I have a different point of order.


Mr ALBANESE —On top of that, the nation-building program is delivering $695 million for Kalgoorlie.


Mrs Bronwyn Bishop —Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order which goes to relevance. The minister, by his adding of material, is implying to the House that Kalgoorlie is in fact on the list. Whether it is on the list or not is what we need to know if he is adding to the answer. Otherwise, he is misleading the House.


The SPEAKER —Order! There is no point of order.


Mr ALBANESE —Those opposite have a very odd sense of priorities.


Mr Truss —He’s debating the question.


The SPEAKER —He is answering the question.


Mr ALBANESE —Their obsession is whether or not something is on the list, when there is a billion dollars of funding going into the electorate of Kalgoorlie that they voted against.