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Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Page: 1243


Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the House and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) (18:19): by leave—I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent:

(1) the meeting of the Federation Chamber on Thursday, 14 February 2013, commencing at 9 a.m. and extending until approximately 1.45 p.m.; and

(2) Government business having priority from 9 a.m. until approximately 1.45 p.m

Speaking briefly to the motion before the House: this will simply facilitate more members speaking on both the appropriation bills that are currently being discussed in the Federation Chamber, but also a number of referrals that have been made from the main chamber, where a number of members have requested a timely ability to contribute to the debate on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Hence that will be listed first after the appropriation bills that are currently being debated in the Federation Chamber. I thank the House for its cooperation.

Question agreed to.