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Thursday, 4 December 2003
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Mrs CROSIO (9:52 AM) —Through you, Mr Deputy Speaker, I would like to ask the Leader of the House whether the intention of suspending standing orders, particularly standing order 103, is so the government cannot slip in new business at any hour of the day or whether it means what he intends it to mean: that at any time in the next sitting of this parliament the government can move, as they are trying to move now, to bring in a bill like the one that had not even been printed last night when they prepared the program. This is a bill that is going to affect the health of all Australians, yet we on this side of the House have not even seen a copy of it. That is my question, through you, Mr Deputy Speaker, to the Leader of the House—with a little indulgence. The fact of the matter is that, before we can really be happy with some of these suspension motions, we would like to have a better explanation of what the intention is.

Question put:

That the motion (Mr Abbott's) be agreed to.