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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Page: 6294

Enterprise Migration Agreements


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahLeader of the Opposition) (15:07): My question is to the Prime Minister. To give her the chance to clear this matter up once and for all, did the Prime Minister—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): No, the Leader of the Opposition cannot put in that! The Leader of the Opposition will come back to his question. He will take out the preamble.

Mr ABBOTT: Did the Prime Minister tell the union bosses that she was furious about the Roy Hill enterprise migration agreement? Did she or did she not?




Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (15:08): I have dealt with that question and the fact that here is the Leader of the Opposition yet again, with all his destructive intent. While this government has been getting on with creating Australian jobs, there he is mired in his petty, petty politics.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): The Prime Minister will resume her seat. The Manager of Opposition Business on a point of order?

Mr Pyne: The Prime Minister has responded to questions but she is yet to answer the question. The question is: did she or did she not?

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Manager of Opposition Business will resume his seat. He is abusing points of order! I advised I would send people out of the chamber if they did so. The Manager of Opposition Business will leave the chamber under standing order 94(a).

Mr Abbott: Madam Deputy Speaker, on a point of order: respectfully responding to what you have just told the House, I think—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat. This is not the opportunity to take that up. I did advise that if people continued to abuse points of order I would ask them to leave the chamber.

Mr Abbott: Madam Deputy Speaker, on a point of order: I accept absolutely that points of order should not be abused, but I think the parliament should not be abused, either, by ministers and prime ministers who fail to be straight with the parliament.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat!

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop: Madam Deputy Speaker—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Member for Mackellar, I am taking the same position that former speakers did. I will not be entering into debate about issues at this time. The member for Mackellar will resume her seat. The Manager of Opposition Business will leave the chamber. The Prime Minister has the call.

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop: Madam Deputy Speaker—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Member for Mackellar, you are seeking to enter into a debate about an issue. I am not allowing it at this time. The member for Mackellar will resume her seat. The Prime Minister has the call.

The member for Sturt then left the chamber.

Ms GILLARD: Thank you very much, Deputy Speaker. I think we have seen on grand display the lack of interest of the opposition in this serious policy question. They don't care about jobs. Petty politics back and forth, petty politics back and forth—that is all they will ever be about.