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Thursday, 16 May 2013
Page: 3435


Mr PYNE (SturtManager of Opposition Business) (09:01): Madam Speaker, I apologise that I was not able to grab you moments before you entered the chamber. I seek leave to move:

That the Member for Dobell be requested by the House to attend the Chamber and for a period not exceeding ten minutes outline the allegations made in today's press that he was offered an inducement to retire from his seat at the next election.

Leave not granted.

Mr PYNE: I move:

That so much of standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Sturt moving forthwith: That the Member for Dobell be requested by the House to attend the Chamber and for a period not exceeding ten minutes outline the allegations made in today's press that he was offered an inducement to retire from his seat at the next election.

Madam Speaker, this is a very serious issue. In this morning's Daily Telegraph, it is reported:

Denying he was bitter at the way the party had treated him, Mr Thomson revealed he had rejected an offer from the NSW Labor Party to allow him to be beaten in a Labor preselection contest …