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Thursday, 6 March 2014
Page: 1829


Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (09:25): I do indeed. The fact is that this government does not have legislation this week. We have had, in this chamber, the longest ever address-in-reply debate in the history of the parliament, since Federation. We will have gone through two Governor-Generals before it is finished!

The SPEAKER: I do not see how this is in relation to the suspension motion. I draw the minister's attention to the motion.

Mr ALBANESE: That is why they are prepared to bring on this debate. We have seen a shambles. We asked leave so the debate could begin. Leave was knocked off. We then moved to a suspension. They gagged the mover of the suspension. The Manager of Opposition Business—

Mr Hawke: Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Under standing order 88, it is not appropriate for the member to speak disrespectfully of the Governor-General.

Mr Albanese interjecting

Mr Pyne: I have not spoken yet on the address-in-reply.

Mr ALBANESE: It would almost have been completed and given to the Governor-General by now. That is a fact. That is the disrespect from this bloke because he cannot run the parliament. (Time expired)