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Monday, 21 May 2012
Page: 4728


Mr PYNE ( Sturt Manager of Opposition Business ) ( 13:00 ): I seek leave to move the motion that the House take note of the statement just made by the member for Dobell.

Mr Albanese: Madam Deputy Speaker, I raise a point of order. As the Manager of Opposition Business knows full well—because I told him earlier on, in order to have a smooth functioning of the parliament, which is in everyone's interests; particularly, I would have thought, today—that there is no document from the member for Dobell. There is—

Ms Julie Bishop interjecting

Mr Albanese: I will refer to House of Representatives Practice. I know it is unusual to actually refer to the rules of the parliament, but page 593 of House of RepresentativesPractice indicates that you can only take note of a document. There is no document to take note of.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): Manager of Opposition Business, there is no document before the chair. Are you seeking leave for a document to be tabled?

Mr PYNE: No. I am seeking leave to move a motion that the House take note of the statement. No documents—the statement. If it is not granted, I will move to suspend standing orders.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: There is no document before the chair so there is no ability for a take note.

Mr Pyne interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: I understand, but if we go back—

Mr Albanese interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! I understand what the Manager of Opposition Business is trying to achieve, but, as the Leader of the House rightly points out, I cannot grant leave for a motion if there is not a document before the chair. I cannot grant leave, but the Manager of Opposition Business can seek to move a motion, and he now has the call.

Mr PYNE: I would point out that I have not sought leave to move a motion in relation to a document; there was no document from the member for Dobell. But there is absolutely no reason why the Leader of the House could not give me leave to move a motion to take note of a statement. Clearly, the member for Dobell has just given an hour-long statement to the House. But, given that leave is not being granted, I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Sturt moving forthwith the following motion—That the House take note of the statement just made by the member for Dobell.

I do unfortunately find myself in the position where I have to move a suspension of standing orders to take note of the statement by the member for Dobell.

Mr Albanese: Madam Deputy Speaker, I raise a point of order. It is a point of clarification with regard to the actual motion that the Manager of Opposition Business is seeking to move—I do not have a copy of it so it is hard to comment on it—for a suspension of standing orders. Is it in order to move a suspension of standing orders to allow a motion to be moved which would then be ruled out of order? It is difficult for me, because I do not have a copy of it, to make a ruling on it.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The motion is in order.

Mr PYNE: I would ask for the clock to be restarted.

Mr Albanese: Madam Deputy Speaker—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Leader of the House will resume his seat. There is no precedent to stop the clock. The clock continues, as it does in normal circumstances when points of order have been taken.