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Wednesday, 2 November 2005
Page: 24

Mr STEPHEN SMITH (10:45 AM) —I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Perth moving immediately—That:

(1)   as this extreme, unfair and divisive bill represents:

(a)   a savage attack on the living standards of working Australian families;

(b)   a savage attack on the Australian way of life, in particular our national characteristic, value and virtue of a fair go; and

(c)   a savage attack on the rights in the workplace of working men and women;

(2)   resumption of the debate on the second reading be made an order of the day for a sitting following a debate on the bill between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, to be screened on national television as a matter of national importance, so that Australians can form their own opinion on this legislative proposal without the Prime Minister hiding behind his $55 million taxpayer funded Liberal Party advertising campaign.

This destroys the Australian way of life, off the back of an outrageous abuse of taxpayers’ money—$55 million—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Wilkie)—Order! The member will resume his seat.