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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Page: 64


Mr BURKE (WatsonManager of Opposition Business) (10:27): (In division) On a point of order, with respect to the count that has just been reported. If there are 75 being counted on the government side, it means that a member on parental leave—that was carried by resolution from this House—had no government member paired. We carried a resolution of the House yesterday that a member was on parental leave, and every—

The SPEAKER: The Manager of Opposition Business will resume his seat.

Mr Pyne interjecting

The SPEAKER: No, I have not called the Leader of the House; the Leader of the House will resume his seat for a second.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Members on both sides! I am not calling anyone until the House comes to order.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: I am going to address the House: the Manager of Opposition Business has raised a point of order on a matter that he knows that the chair has absolutely no responsibility for. The count is done by the tellers, and pairing arrangements, if they exist, are a matter for the whips. The original question was—

Ms Henderson interjecting

The SPEAKER: I am addressing the House, member for Corangamite. The original question was that the motion be agreed to, to which the honourable member for Dawson has moved an amendment. The immediate question is—

Mr Pyne interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the House will cease interjecting. The original question was that the motion be agreed to, to which the honourable member for Dawson has moved an amendment. The immediate question is that the amendment be agreed to.

All those of that opinion say aye, to the contrary, no. Honourable members, I think the noes have it. I was going to call a division for one minute; I think we will call a division for four minutes, given the amount of time that has elapsed, and that might assist the House in other ways. Ring the bells for four minutes.

A division having been called and the bells being rung—

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the House on a point of order during the division.

Mr Pyne: Mr Speaker, apropos of the obvious mistake on the part of the opposition in asking for a pair for Clare O'Neil, if they wish to have a pair for Clare O'Neil they can have one straight away right now. If they ask for one, they can have one. They haven't asked for one, and that's why they haven't got one.

The SPEAKER: I thank the—

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Members on my left!

Mr Pyne: What they have done is a deliberate sting. It's a deliberate lie. It is outrageous and it is unparliamentary. But if they want leave, they can have it.

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the House has raised a point of order. As I have said, the matter of pairs—

Ms Macklin interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Jagajaga will cease interjecting.

An honourable member interjecting

The SPEAKER: No, I am addressing the House. I need to at least address your last point of order before I address the next one—if that's okay! The Leader of the House has pointed out the government's position with respect to pairs. As I have said, pairs are a matter for the whips. They are not a matter for the chair. We are in the middle of a division. The whips are here in the House and they are welcome to come to whatever arrangement they wish to.

An honourable member interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the House had another point of order that I said I would hear, unless he has completed.

Mr Pyne: They may wish to ask the whip for the lead.

The SPEAKER: I thank the Leader of the House. The member for McMahon on a point of order.

A government member: Mr Speaker, they are the ones who have asked for a pairing arrangement.

Government members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Members on my right will cease interjecting.

Mr Morrison interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Treasurer will cease interjecting.

A government member: If you don't want a pairing arrangement, that's your business.

Mr Sukkar interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Deakin will cease interjecting. I am trying to hear a point of order in a division where members do not have a microphone. My patience is being tried. The member for McMahon on a point of order.

Mr Bowen: A few moments ago, the Leader of the House made a grossly unparliamentary remark in relation to the Manager of Opposition Business which he should withdraw immediately on this first full sitting day.

The SPEAKER: The level of noise was so loud and I was—

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: No! The member for McMahon and other members behind him will not seek to argue with me when I am addressing the House, or the member for McMahon won't be here. I am making that very clear. I have made it clear as politely as I can that the point of order was provocative and frivolous. I am unhappy about it because the point of order was one for which the Manager of Opposition Business knows the chair has no responsibility—no responsibility whatsoever. It was provocative and lead to gross disorder by a number of members. If you want me to take action on all of them I will, but you will find that there will not be 148 people here on the first day. What I have decided to do is to move on with the motions before the House and to deal with the business.

The original question was that the motion be agreed to, to which the honourable member for Dawson has moved an amendment. The immediate question is that the amendment be agreed to.