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Tuesday, 2 December 2003
Page: 23432

Mr ORGAN (3:07 PM) —Mr Speaker, my question to you relates to the business of the House. I refer to the resolution passed by the Legislative Assembly of Queensland on 11 November 2003, which you tabled last Tuesday, 25 November. I ask what action you intend to take in relation to the request from the parliament to establish an inquiry to investigate the possible involvement of members of the Commonwealth parliament and others in the process of funding the investigation and civil and criminal prosecution of Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge. I am seeking information as to what action you intend to take arising from that request from the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.

The SPEAKER —I should indicate to the member for Cunningham that it was not my intent to take any action at all and I would not do so unless instructed to by the House.

Mr Melham —Maybe the Leader of the House will instruct you!

Mr Abbott —No, I have no instructions—no instructions whatsoever!

The SPEAKER —But, I point out to the Leader of the House, you do have the call.