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Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Page: 11409


Mr ALBANESE: by leave—I move:

That, for this sitting, so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent:

(1) Government business having precedence from 9.30 p.m. until 11 p.m.;

(2) the Speaker interrupting the debate at 11 p.m., if the House is still sitting, and immediately adjourning the House;

(3) any business being debated when the House is adjourned being listed on the Notice Paper for the next sitting; and

(4) any variation to this arrangement being made only by a motion moved by a minister.

Mr Speaker, briefly, there has been an approach from the Manager of Opposition Business to extend the time for consideration in detail of the clean energy bills this evening. The government is happy to accommodate that. This will allow for some certainty and for the debate to end at a reasonable time for parliamentary staff, given that that will make today a 14-hour sitting day. I do indicate that, up to question time, we had had 33 hours of debate. This will allow another 6½ hours of debate. There have already been some 120 speakers to the clean energy bills, and this will allow for further debate this evening. I commend the motion to the House.