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Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Page: 7153


Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the House, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Minister for Regional Development and Local Government) (15:45): The government will not be supporting the suspension at this time. I do want to record my respect for the fact that the member for Kennedy has been a consistent advocate on this issue. He has made almost relentless representations on this issue and is a genuine advocate of this issue—in part, because of the potential economic benefits for industry in his electorate but in part also due to a wider view of the impact that it would have. I say, with respect to the member for Kennedy, having been a long-term advocate he only introduced the bill on Monday; the government is in a position whereby the MPI has been lodged. Who knows—

Mr Katter: I have been misrepresented.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: There are mechanisms of the House to do that. But that is not now.

Mr Katter: I have introduced it four times.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Kennedy will resume his seat. The Leader of Government Business has the call.

Mr ALBANESE: The member for Kennedy does make a good point, even though it was quite disorderly. I congratulate him for sneaking that in on the record. In terms of the parliament, at this particular time—it was only introduced this week—we do have a schedule this afternoon whereby the MPI has already been delayed by an opportunistic attempt at suspension No. 81 or 82 from the Leader of the Opposition. Who knows? The shadow Treasurer is looking pretty keen there. He might come up with a policy. So we would not want to delay the opportunity for the opposition to come up with an economic policy; therefore, we do not want to delay the member for North Sydney. We also have a valedictory for the member for New England, and the 457 legislation in its final stages and this needs to pass the House. I am sure the member for Kennedy would not want to be in this chamber after eight o'clock this evening, because there is an event that the member for Kennedy has a keen interest in. Therefore we need to get business done before then. I call upon the House to oppose this particular suspension from the member for Kennedy.

Question put.

A division having been called and the bells having been rung—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Hon. BC Scott ): As there are fewer than five members on the side for the ayes in this division, I declare the question negated. In accordance with standing order 127, the names of those members who are in the minority will be recorded in the Votes and Proceedings.

Question not agreed to, Mr Katter, Mr C. R. Thomson and Mr Wilkie voting yes.