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      7   AUSTRALIA’S COMMITMENT TO AFGHANISTAN —MINISTERIAL STATEMENT—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT

Ms Gillard (Prime Minister), by leave, made a ministerial statement on Australia’s commitment to Afghanistan and presented the following document:

No safe haven—Prime Ministerial statement, 19 October 2010.

 

Suspension of standing and sessional orders—Time for speech

Mr S. F. Smith (Minister for Defence), by leave, moved—That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Abbott (Leader of the Opposition) speaking for a period not exceeding 36 minutes.

Question—put and passed.

Mr Abbott addressed the House.

Mr S. F. Smith moved—That the House take note of the document.

Suspension of standing and sessional orders—Time for speech

Mr S. F. Smith, by leave, moved—That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended to allow Mr S. F. Smith (Minister for Defence), Mr Robert, Mr Rudd (Minister for Foreign Affairs), Ms J .  Bishop (Deputy Leader of the Opposition), Mr O’Connor (Minister for Home Affairs), Mr Keenan, Mr Wilkie and Mr Bandt to speak on the motion for 20 minutes and for all other members to speak on the motion for 15 minutes.

Question—put and passed.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.