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Thursday, 6 March 2014
Page: 1859


Mr PYNE (SturtLeader of the House and Minister for Education) (11:45): I move:

That the question be now put.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mr Broadbent ): The motion is that the question be put. I put the question. Those in favour? Those to the left?

An honourable member: Can you state the question?

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The question is that the motion be put.

Mr Albanese: Which question?

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: That the bill be read a third time.

Mr Albanese: No. With respect, Mr Deputy Speaker, procedurally, you cannot move that something be put that hasn't even been moved.

Government members interjecting

Mr Albanese: You are a hopeless Leader of House and you still don't know what—

A government member: You haven't got the call!

Mr Albanese: There is no motion for the third reading before the House. Leave was sought. It was not given because I thought it was appropriate to have a consideration in detail stage so the minister can respond—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The question before the chair is that the bill be agreed to, and the motion is that the bill be agreed to. I put the motion.

Mr Albanese: No-one has yet moved the third reading. I was speaking in the consideration in detail stage—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Grayndler will take his seat.

Mr Pyne: Mr Deputy Speaker, on a point of order. The question was put to the House: was leave granted for the third reading to be moved forthwith? Leave was not granted for it to be moved forthwith, but we are now into the third reading of the bill—or the consideration in detail, because leave was not granted for the third reading to be moved forthwith. But the question before the House is that the bill be agreed to, as you have stated. I have moved that that question be put.

Mr Burke: Point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker: it is impossible for the House to deal with the question 'That the question be put' when there is no question before the House. It would be like if one of us jumped up during question time and moved that the question be put when there is no question before the House. They asked for leave to move directly to the third reading. Leave was not granted. We moved to consideration in detail. Had leave been granted, they would have moved straightaway that the bill be read a third time. That did not happen. Therefore, there is no question before the House and it is impossible to move that the question be put when there is no question before the House.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mr Broadbent ): The question is that the question be now put.