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Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Page: 11008


Mr HOCKEY (North Sydney) (15:01): I move:

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

That this House:

(1) notes the Prime Minister's comment on 11 February 2011, that 'Every time we announce something we properly account for it and properly fund it.';

(2) calls on the Government to explain where the funding is coming from for its $120 billion of recently announced spending, including spending on disability services, additional funding for aged care, new funding for low-paid workers, increased costs of its border protection failures, funding of new defence projects, establishment of a new dental care scheme and the provision of additional education funding;

(3) notes that Australia’s debt continues to approach $300 billion despite the Prime Minister claiming that the Budget is in surplus; and

(4) calls on the Treasurer to immediately rule out new increases in taxes for families and small business in order to plug their $120 billion Budget black hole.

This is a government all at sea. Their own MPs are in rebellion about their wanton spending, which is unfunded.

Mr Albanese: Madam Deputy Speaker, on a point of order: is it in order for the member for North Sydney to move a suspension of standing orders—House of Representatives Practice clearly outlines the circumstances of when a suspension may be moved—so that he can give an application for Leader of the Opposition? Is it in order?

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): The Leader of the House will resume his seat. The member for North Sydney has the call, and I do not believe there is a reason to continue to shout.

Mr HOCKEY: Their own MPs are in rebellion about their unfunded spending. In the ALP caucus room, Senator Doug Cameron, Tasmanian MP Geoff Lyons, MP Janelle Saffin, Kelvin Thomson—