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Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Page: 2945

Mr CRAIG KELLY (3:33 PM) —Mr Speaker, today over six busloads of citizens from my electorate of Hughes joined with thousands of others in a protest out the front of Parliament House to protest against the Prime Minister’s betrayal of her election promise. These constituents of mine wished to obtain tickets to question time; however, they were told that no tickets were available—yet at the start of question time today, more than half the gallery was empty. I would like you to inquire into how tickets could be made available—

The SPEAKER —Order! This is a perennial problem. I would indicate to the member for Hughes that the member for North Sydney has some expertise in this matter, because he has raised it with me. The ticketed areas of the galleries were booked out—absolutely booked out. What I do not think is realised is that there are still walk-up tickets. He is quite right that there were plenty of spaces at the start of question time. But there are two distinct things in operation.