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Thursday, 14 August 2003
Page: 18514


Mr ABBOTT (Leader of the House) (9:20 AM) —I propose to speak very briefly to the amendment. The government will not at this point oppose the amendment. An amendment of this kind cannot bind the future actions of the government, so it is, in a sense, a pious amendment. Obviously the government will provide for the security of this parliament. We will spend whatever money is necessary to provide for the security of this parliament, as we will spend whatever we think is reasonably necessary to provide for the security of Australia. But to pay for government security measures, to pay for measures to protect the security of this building and to protect the security of the nation generally, it obviously may be necessary to make savings. This government will make whatever savings are necessary to fund the expenditure which is necessary. In the future we may make savings elsewhere in those funds committed to the various parliamentary departments to fund the necessary spending measures.


The SPEAKER —The original question was that the motion be agreed to. To this the honourable member for Werriwa has moved his amendment that all words after `That' be omitted. The question now is that the amendment be agreed to.


Mr Leo McLeay —I do not think the member for Werriwa moved that all words after `That' be omitted; I think he wanted to add a paragraph, Mr Speaker. I hope he is not trying to destroy your motion, Mark!


Mr Latham —I didn't do that.


Mr Leo McLeay —I know you didn't.


The SPEAKER —The question was that the motion be agreed to. You are quite right, Member for Watson.


Mr Leo McLeay —I think the member for Werriwa was trying to help you, Mr Speaker.


The SPEAKER —Yes. For the purposes of the House, the amendment has been seconded. The amendment has been spoken to by the Leader of the House and I now recognise the member for Watson. The question is that the amendment be agreed to.