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Tuesday, 3 June 2003
Page: 15759

Mr ALBANESE (3:33 PM) —Mr Speaker, is it the case that today the member for Watson was excluded from the chamber under standing order 304A and that at least the following opposition members were warned: the member for Grayndler, the member for Melbourne, the member for Rankin, the member for Sydney, the member for Port Adelaide, the member for Fowler, the member for Werriwa, the member for McMillan and the member for Gellibrand—at least? And is it the case that, on the same day, no government member was issued a warning and, in drawing the member for Leichhardt to order, you indicated that he was being drawn to order for the third time?

The SPEAKER —I point out to the member for Grayndler that, in order to be even handed about this, I require the Clerk to keep a list of all of the people whose names I call—not as a warning—and the instance used. To illustrate with the member for Leichhardt, as members on both sides are aware, I will call someone before warning them. The Clerk keeps a tally of that. The Clerk will be perfectly well aware of the fact that it is not unknown—because it is entirely at the chair's discretion—but it would be extraordinary for anyone to be removed from the House without first being warned. As occupier of the chair, I know that no former member of the chair has removed—or, I suspect, interrupted—as many members of the government as I have. Today's list of warnings reflected the relative level of noise on both sides of the chamber.