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Monday, 19 March 2012
Page: 3269

Dr EMERSON (RankinMinister for Trade and Competitiveness) (15:29): The reason that standing orders should not be suspended is that this parliament should be a clearing house in the contest of ideas. It should not be the forum for smearing Fair Work Australia or for smearing the member for Dobell. What it should be is a battle of ideas. That is what the Australian people expect here. They do not expect the scorn and derision and the grubby, filthy politics from those opposite, who engage in chants and mafia. What you have engaged in today is an absolute disgrace and you should be ashamed of yourselves.

The SPEAKER: Order! The minister will withdraw the reflection on the members of the opposition. He will approach the dispatch box and do so.

Dr EMERSON: I withdraw. Mr Speaker, this—

The SPEAKER: Order! The time allotted to this debate has expired. The question is that the motion moved by the honourable the Manager of Opposition Business for the suspension of standing and sessional orders be agreed to.

Ms Gillard: I ask that further questions be placed on the Notice Paper.