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Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Page: 918

Mr PYNE (3:33 PM) —I refer you to the ‘Agreement for a better parliament—parliamentary reform’ that I signed with the Leader of the House and the Independents on 6 September 2010, and the section which says, with respect to matters of public importance:

A proportionate share of Matters of Public Importance be allocated to all non-Government Members.

I refer you to your decision to, in fact, award the MPI today to the member for Chifley, who is a government member. I simply ask you: will the agreement for a better parliament not be honoured?

The SPEAKER —I am the custodian of the standing orders and practice and I carried out my responsibilities according to the standing orders and practice. This may be seen as me being a bit hoity: I was not a signatory to the agreement. Some people think that, when I say that, I am spitting the dummy, but the point is that I was not.