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Monday, 12 September 2011
Page: 9734


Ms HALL (ShortlandGovernment Whip) (11:28): It is no surprise whatsoever that the member for Mackellar, who shakes her head before I even utter a word, stands up in this place and moves an amendment that says, 'We should audit unions but we must not audit business.' It just shows that she has tunnel vision. She has her little barrow that she pushes here. She has used the public accounts committee to do it over a long period of time. She says that she does not see the amendments until the last minute, yet she comes up here with amendments that she tables.

I would really like to congratulate the member for Lyne on trying to modernise and make some really constructive changes to this legislation by bringing the Auditor-General Amendment Bill 2011 to this parliament. In this parliament, we are used to seeing people grandstand on certain issues. We have seen the grandstanding take place here this morning. The previous speaker in the debate was talking about Building the Education Revolution and the auditor of that particular program. I do not know whether that member has spoken to his electorate and talked to those schools in his electorate to find out whether or not they are happy. I am getting feedback from all the schools in my electorate that they are very pleased with that program. Money that was spent, that was refused—

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop: Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise on a point of order. This debate is about the government's amendments to a bill brought in by the member for Lyne. If you could draw the member's attention to the debate and ask her to at least stick to the topic, that would be helpful.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The question before the chair is that the amendments be agreed to. I ask the honourable member for Shortland to address her remarks to that question.

Ms HALL: Certainly, Mr Deputy Speaker. You must forgive me for straying a little from the content of these very sensible government amendments that have been moved—and I am entitled to speak to the amendments moved by the member for Mackellar.

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The honourable member will focus on the amendments. The honourable member for Shortland has the call.

Ms HALL: As I pointed out, I am entitled to speak to the amendments moved by the member for Mackellar. I apologise; I was somewhat distracted by the previous speaker, the member for Mayo, and his attack on the Building the Education Revolution. I admit to the House that I slightly strayed from the contents of the government amendments. These government amendments deal with the function and the power of the Auditor-General, and they are very significant, as opposed to the amendments moved by the member for Mackellar. I endorse and I urge the House to support the amendments that have been moved by the government.