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Thursday, 22 March 2012
Page: 4026

Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the House and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) (15:31): On indulgence, I will update the House on the day's proceedings. The government will be dealing with a financial bill before we rise this evening. We will go to the matter of public importance that has been submitted and approved. The government has offered to cut short the number of speakers on that for the convenience of the House. It is up to the opposition whether they choose to take up that offer. The bill will be dealt with by the House and then people can make their travel arrangements. With regard to the timing of the day's end, I would ask that a bit of common sense apply so that people can make arrangements re their travel from Canberra, hopefully, this evening. I see no reason at all why we could not finish around the normal time of five o'clock. But it is really in the hands of the opposition how long this debate goes for.