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Wednesday, 9 May 2012
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Mr CRAIG THOMSON (Dobell) (15:34): Madam Deputy Speaker, I seek the call on indulgence.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): You have three seconds.

Mr CRAIG THOMSON: I would like to indicate to parliament that I will be seeking to make a statement, probably in excess of 10 minutes and closer to 15 minutes, on the next occasion parliament sits.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Dobell has been given as much indulgence as I can give but, if everybody wants this, then I will obey the will of the House. I will allow the indulgence for the member for Dobell.

Mr CRAIG THOMSON: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The next sitting week is when I intend to make a statement. There has been a comprehensive and very long Fair Work Australia report of some 1,100 pages, which we did not have access to until late Monday night. It is appropriate that I have time to go through that so that I can make a comprehensive statement to parliament, which is what I intend to do. This week is an important week, being budget week. It is a week when families around Australia are looking at what this government could do and that, quite frankly, is what this week should be spent on. But I indicate to parliament that I intend to make a statement in the next sitting week.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The question is that the motion be agreed to.

Ms Gillard: I ask that further questions be placed on the Notice Paper.