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Thursday, 16 February 2012
Page: 1686


Dr MIKE KELLY (Eden-Monaro—Parliamentary Secretary for Defence) (16:45): I obviously agree to the tabling of the historic correspondence between former Prime Minister Keating and the Western Australian Premier. However, I do not think that the current correspondence between the Prime Minister and the state Premier needs to be tendered.

The SPEAKER: The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence gives leave for the historical correspondence to be tabled but does not give leave for the current correspondence to be tabled. I counsel the honourable member, the member for O'Connor, who is a new member—and this is not a reflection on him—that the chances of getting the government to give leave are much higher if, prior to the conclusion of his speech, the honourable member passes on the correspondence or item that he wants to table to the minister at the table so that it can be considered.