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Thursday, 21 March 2013
Page: 2957

Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the House and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) (13:27): by leave—I move:

That orders of the day Nos 2 to 5, government business, be discharged.

The Minister for Communications and the Digital Economy, when announcing this package of legislation relating to the media, made it clear that the government would not be pursuing these reforms beyond this week if it did not secure the support of the parliament. It is clear to me that it does not have the support of the House of Representatives to proceed. Therefore, I move this motion. I thank the shadow minister for communications for the cooperative way in which he has dealt with the procedural issues around this legislation even though we have different policy positions on some of the issues before the House.