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Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Page: 10221

Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (17:06): Mr Deputy Speaker, on indulgence: with a ministerial statement it is the custom in this House that the minister will be heard and the shadow minister gets to respond. We listened to the statement of the Minister for Disability Reform without interjection—

Mr Bowen: Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Indulgence is something to be used for certain things under the forms of the House. It is a courtesy extended by the person in the chair; it is not an opportunity for the honourable member to make points of order that he chose not to take at the time, for whatever reason. I am happy for him to make his point but you, Mr Deputy Speaker, are the person who decides whether he gets indulgence. He does not get to decide to have a little rant about whatever takes his fancy by saying 'on indulgence' first.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mr Symon ): I thank the minister. I also thank the member for Casey for his contribution. There has been too much conversation across the table. It would be good for everyone in the chamber if there were less noise.

Mr TONY SMITH: I will not delay the House for very long at all. I just point out that we heard the minister in silence. I think that in future ministerial statements—and we are about to have another one—if there are interjections such as those we just heard, during the speech by the member for Menzies, from the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, who interjects like an excited cockatoo at every opportunity—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The member for Casey will address—

Mr TONY SMITH: My complaint is only diluted by the fact his cabinet colleagues have to put up with his juvenile behaviour.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The member for Casey will resume his seat.