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Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Page: 7068

Mr STEPHEN SMITH (PerthMinister for Defence and Deputy Leader of the House) (09:15): The opposition has moved that the House suspend standing orders to enable a debate to occur on climate change. This is a debate which the government has been mounting in the community for all of this term. The one thing that the opposition—neither the member for Flinders nor the member who has reserved her rights—have not told us this morning is why standing orders ought to be suspended today. I heard briefly from the member for Flinders about matters relating to Monday.

Mr Pyne: Speaker, on a point of order: how can the minister claim that the other side has not had an opportunity to say why the suspension should be moved when in fact he shut the member for Flinders down in a vote of the House?

The SPEAKER: The Manager of Opposition Business will resume his seat. The minister has the call.

Mr STEPHEN SMITH: On the point of order, Speaker, it was because he was speaking out of order. I gave him the appropriate warning. I told him he needed to speak in accordance with the standing orders. He needed to outline to the House as to why standing orders needed to be suspended now. The only thing I heard him talk about was next week. He needed to tell the House why standing orders needed to be suspended this morning and he did not. The member for Indi had that opportunity and she squibbed that opportunity.

What the House has not yet been apprised of is, from the member for Flinders or the member for Indi, as to why standing orders need to be suspended. It is a requirement of the standing orders and practice and procedure that some such reason be given to the House and no such reason has been given to the House.