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Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Page: 673

Mr PYNE (SturtLeader of the House and Minister for Education) (16:18): I move:

That, in relation to proceedings on the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013, so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the following from occurring:

(1) at the conclusion of the second reading debate, not including a Minister speaking in reply, or at 5.30 pm on Wednesday, 20 November 2013, whichever is the earlier, a Minister being called to sum up the second reading debate and then without delay the immediate question before the House to be put, then any question or questions necessary to complete the second reading stage of the bill to be put;

(2) if the second reading has been agreed to the bill then being taken as a whole during consideration in detail for a period not exceeding 60 minutes at which time any Government amendments that have been circulated shall be treated as if they have been moved together with:

   (a) one question being put on all the Government amendments;

   (b) one question being put on any amendments which have been moved by non-Government Members; and

   (c) any further questions necessary to complete the remaining stages of the bill being put; and

(3) any variation to this arrangement to be made only by a motion moved by a Minister.

I will speak very briefly, because I know that my friend the honourable member for Banks is waiting to give his maiden speech and he has a terrific crowd of supporters that he has brought from Sydney. I am not surprised, because he is a very good member and he will make a big contribution.

This is a debate management motion designed to ensure that the House has certainty of when the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 will be dealt with. It will ensure that tomorrow afternoon, at 5.30 pm or thereabouts, matters will be put to a vote, consideration in detail will occur, and the minerals resource rent tax, if the House so decides, will be sent to the Senate for consideration. This is an unexceptional act on behalf of the government to ensure that there is seemly and sensible management of the House schedule. Because of the member for Banks I will leave my comments there. I would urge the Manager of Opposition Business not to delay the House long with another speech of confected outrage, because we do have other things to get on with today.