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Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Page: 7067


Mr HUNT (Flinders) (09:01): I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Flinders from moving the following motion forthwith:

The Government urgently bring forward a bill which will provide that the legislated increase in the carbon tax from 1 July 2013 does not proceed.

We do not know who will be Prime Minister of Australia tomorrow. We do not know who will be Prime Minister on Friday.

The SPEAKER: The member for Flinders will resume his seat.

Mr HUNT: But we do know that the carbon tax goes up—

The SPEAKER: The member for Flinders will resume his seat!

Mr Stephen Smith: Speaker, on a point of order: if the member for Flinders wants to seek to suspend standing orders, he needs to advise the House as to the reasons for that. His opening remarks bore no relationship to the reasons, if any, for the suspension. If he wants to move a suspension, he needs to speak in accordance with the standing orders.

The SPEAKER: The member for Flinders has the call and needs to address the motion before the chair.

Mr HUNT: Thank you very much, Speaker. The reason why this motion is both urgent and imminent is that on Monday the carbon tax goes up, on Monday the first of a triple whammy comes into play, on Monday the price goes from $23 to $24.15.