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Thursday, 5 February 2009
Page: 609


Mr ALBANESE (Leader of the House) (4:22 PM) —On indulgence, it being Thursday afternoon, for the benefit of members who have travel plans, it is intended now, as I advised the House earlier, that we will reverse the normal order and have the full matter of public importance debate, which will go for one hour. We will then have a ministerial statement from the Minister for Foreign Affairs and a response of equal time from the shadow minister or their representative. The House will then adjourn. There is an understanding that during this period there will not be any divisions or quorums called. I thank all the members of the House for their cooperation.


Mr Hockey —Happy to be of service.


Mr Albanese —I think both sides will be very keen.


The SPEAKER —I am very pleased at this break-out of love and understanding and all those good things.