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Thursday, 21 August 2003
Page: 19149

Mr LATHAM (9:01 AM) —Mr Speaker, I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended—

Government members interjecting

Mr LATHAM —Do you defend this stuff?

The SPEAKER —The member for Werriwa has the call and will address his remarks through the chair. He is enjoying the protection of the chair.

Mr LATHAM —I appreciate that, Mr Speaker. Accordingly, I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Werriwa from moving forthwith the following motion: Given that the Prime Minister has now had time to complete his examination of all the material concerning the Minister for Regional Services, Local Government and Territories and time to finalise his response, this House compels the Prime Minister to give a full explanation to the House of:

(a) the circumstances under which the Minister for Regional Services has misled the House on five separate occasions;

(b) the reason why the Minister for Regional Services wrote to the South Australian Police Minister on 16 January 2003 urging the Police Minister to act in a way which Minister Tuckey had previously been advised would be “improper and unlawful”;

(c) the reasons why the Government still supports a Minister that the Prime Minister himself has described as “very foolish in-deed”, “wrong”, and “silly” and who the Leader of the House regards as “unwise”, “foolish”, “intemperate” and an “embarrass-ment” to the Government; and

(d) the reasons why the Prime Minister has abandoned his Ministerial Code of Conduct and lowered parl-iamentary standards such that the only circumstances in which he will now sack a Minister is if the Minister is a convicted criminal.

Mr ABBOTT (Warringah—Leader of the House) (9.02 a.m.)—I move:

That the member be not further heard.

Question put.