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Monday, 22 June 2009
Page: 6661


Mr ALBANESE (Leader of the House) (12:00 PM) —Given the debate in recent days, the government can inform the Leader of the Opposition that it would be prepared to provide a facility in the House now for the Leader of the Opposition to (1) provide a copy of the alleged email between Dr Andrew Charlton and Mr Godwin Grech which allegedly establishes representations by the Prime Minister and his office in support of Mr John Grant and (2) to explain the full dealings that the opposition leader and his office have had with this alleged email—


Mr Abbott —Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I am just wondering on what basis the Leader of the House is speaking. Is he speaking on indulgence? Is he moving a motion? Exactly what is he doing in the chamber now?


The SPEAKER —Order! He is not moving a motion. I suppose he has taken indulgence, which I am allowing him. He is, hopefully, concluding his statement on indulgence.


Mr ALBANESE —I am seeking indulgence to give the Leader of the Opposition the opportunity to come clean about his involvement and his party’s involvement with this fake email. If he wishes us to do so, we will also provide equal time for the government to respond.