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Wednesday, 25 June 2003
Page: 17439


Mr TANNER (10:37 AM) —I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Melbourne from moving the following motion:

This House declares its support for the retention of Telstra in public ownership, and calls on all Members of the House to avail themselves of this opportunity to declare their opposition to the privatisation of Telstra.

Over the last 24 hours we have seen a giant capitulation by the National Party. It has betrayed its rural constituents, it has betrayed country Australia, and it has become a lapdog of the Liberal Party.

Mr ANDREWS (Menzies—Minister for Ageing) (10.39 a.m.)—I move:

That the member be not further heard.