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Thursday, 22 March 2012
Page: 4014


Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the House and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) (14:36): I move that the member be excused from the services of the House.

The SPEAKER: The question before the chair is that the honourable member for Gippsland be excused from the services of the House. Before I put that question, I will give the courtesy to the Manager of Opposition Business of listening to him. I put the question:

That the honourable member for Gippsland be suspended from the service of the House.

Mr Pyne: Mr Speaker, with the greatest of respect, I would imagine the member for Gippsland was entirely ignorant of the fact that he could not be in the gallery. On this occasion, now that he knows and everyone else knows, I ask you to show him some leniency and perhaps ask him to apologise, if necessary, but certainly not name him.

The SPEAKER: I am sure that the honourable member for Gippsland will not repeat the offence.

A division having been called and the bells having been rung—

The SPEAKER: It has been pointed out to me that the honourable member was having his photograph taken. He has now left the gallery and the chamber is dealing with the motion moved by the honourable the Leader of the House. The question is that the honourable member for Gippsland be suspended from the service of the House.