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Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Page: 1403

Prime Minister


Ms JULIE BISHOP (CurtinDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:49): I refer the Prime Minister to Ms Kim Sattler's actual comments on Australia Day at the tent embassy protest, as revealed on the ABC's 7.30 Report last night, and I quote:

They're both in at reception at the Lobby Restaurant, which is just up the corner, and Abbott's just made a statement to the press that the Tent Embassy should be pulled down.

Given that the transcript of Ms Sattler's statement contradicts previous accounts upon which the Prime Minister has relied on in this House, will the Prime Minister now correct the record?

Mr Albanese interjecting


Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (14:50): Whilst it was by way of interjection, I think the Leader of the House made a very good point. It is not for me to correct the record of something said by someone else when I was not there. I have dealt with this matter in the House. I have dealt with this matter outside the House and I refer the member asking the question and all members to those statements. I would also say—

The SPEAKER: Order! I am not keeping a tally on the number of points of order that the Manager of Opposition Business asks; he is entitled to make this point of order and I am listening.

Mr Pyne: Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister misrepresented the question. The question related to the fact that the Prime Minister has relied on Kim Sattler's statements in the past for her own alibi and therefore she has to correct the record as the amended statements contradict it.

Mr Randall interjecting

Mr Albanese: Mr Speaker, on the point of order: apart from that highly disorderly point of order, I would ask the member for Canning to withdraw the interjection that he made across the chamber.

Mr McCormack interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for Riverina will remove himself from the chamber under the provisions of standing order 94(a).

The member for Riverina then left the chamber.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! I am hoping for increased civility in the chamber. Objection has been taken to a remark made by the honourable member for Canning. Will he assist the chair by withdrawing?

Mr Randall: Mr Speaker, I did not know 'Juliar' was unparliamentary. But in this case I will withdraw.

The SPEAKER: The member has withdrawn.

Mr Albanese: Mr Speaker, standing orders provide for action to be taken when members conduct themselves in a highly disorderly fashion. That was highly disorderly and the member should withdraw unconditionally, as I did yesterday and as members on this side of the House have done.

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the House has the advantage over me in so far as I did not hear the interjection. What I said to the member for Canning was that he would assist the chair and he would assist the standards of civility if he would withdraw.

Mr Randall: I will again withdraw.

The SPEAKER: There has been some objection taken to a comment made by the honourable Minister for Trade—

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: If it was yesterday—

Mr Perrett interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Moreton will also leave the chamber under the provisions of standing order 94(a).

The member for Moreton then left the chamber.

The SPEAKER: I thought the member for Canning was referring to a comment made today by the Minister for Trade, but if it was yesterday we have moved on. The Prime Minister has the call.

Ms GILLARD: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I think we can tell from the display we have just witnessed what mode the opposition is in today: muckraking mode, ugly mode. The Manager of Opposition Business has just come to the dispatch box and in what I think was supposed to be a supplementary question used the word 'alibi'. I say to the opposition: if you have got an allegation about my conduct, put it; if you do not have an allegation about my conduct, get out of the gutter, because your conduct today is disgusting.

The SPEAKER: Is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition seeking a supplementary question?

Ms Julie Bishop: No, sir, I am seeking the call to seek leave to table the transcript that the Prime Minister relied upon that is directly contradicted by a statement of Ms Sattler last night.

Leave not granted.