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Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Page: 7069


Mrs MIRABELLA (Indi) (09:17): Madam Deputy Speaker.

The SPEAKER: No, I am not. I am the Speaker, thank you.

Mrs MIRABELLA: Okay.

The SPEAKER: By now I reckon I have been lenient enough. I am the Speaker. It is really easy. Just use the title.

Mrs MIRABELLA: Speaker.

The SPEAKER: Thank you.

Mrs MIRABELLA: Standing orders need to be suspended because there is a vital issue facing Australia. That is the carbon tax. After this government has arrogantly ignored the people's wishes they now wish to increase the carbon tax next week. It is a disgrace.

Mr Stephen Smith: Speaker, on a point of order: again, I have done my best to outline to the House, to the member for Flinders and to the member for Indi that the contributions have to be why standing orders need to be suspended now. You were telling me that we have been having a debate about climate change for three years. You then started to tell me about Monday which is precisely the same mistake that the member for Flinders made. The member must speak in accordance with the standing orders.

An opposition member: That is embarrassing.

The SPEAKER: Order! I am not going to tolerate that from anybody. The member for Indi has the call.

Mrs MIRABELLA: Thank you, Speaker. This is an urgent issue that requires the suspension of standing orders because this government, having failed to listen to the wishes of the Australian—

An honourable member interjecting

Mrs MIRABELLA: What is your problem? Why don't you want a woman—

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for Indi will resume her seat. The Minister for Defence has the call.

Mr Stephen Smith: Speaker, on a point of order: the member must speak in accordance with the standing orders. She has had sufficient—

An opposition member interjecting

Mr STEPHEN SMITH: Well, she is not and as a consequence of that, I move:

That the member be no longer heard.

The SPEAKER: The question is that the member be no longer heard.

The SPEAKER: The time for the debate has expired.

Mr Stephen Smith: Speaker, I ask leave of the House to make a ministerial statement on full knowledge and concurrence.

Mr Pyne: On a genuine matter of clarification, Speaker, I understood that if you put that the question is that the motion be agreed then when the time expires the actual motion is also put for a vote. That is why the member for Indi only seconded the motion, so that you would call the speaker from the other side.

The SPEAKER: My apologies. I assumed, as with previous ones, that the time for the debate had expired, but we can put the question if that is what would be called. I assumed the debate had expired even though I had put the question—my apologies. The question is that the motion be agreed to.