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Monday, 22 August 2011
Page: 8777


Mr CRAIG KELLY (Hughes) (15:31): There are reports today that many vehicles which had travelled from around Australia today as part of the 'convoy of no confidence' were denied their democratic right to access the parliamentary circle to lawfully protest against the government and their policies. Could you undertake to investigate whether these reports are correct and, if so, upon whose direction the 'convoy of no confidence' was denied their democratic right to access the parliamentary circle today?

An incident having occurred in the gallery

The SPEAKER: Order! Those in the gallery should actually understand that they are here to listen quietly. I have been very tolerant. The only thing that I can say with great certainty was that these were operational matters—

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Mackellar has a habit of always making remarks that challenge anything I say and I really have had enough of it. I will get back to the member for Hughes, but there were solid reasons for the decisions and, as he would be aware, there was a lot of discussion and consultation with the organisers of today's events.