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Thursday, 27 March 2014
Page: 3344

Mr PYNE (SturtLeader of the House and Minister for Education) (10:17): I move the motion standing in my name on the Notice Paper:

That, in respect of the proceedings on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2], so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the following from occurring:

(1) at the conclusion of the second reading debate, not including a Minister speaking in reply, or at 12 noon on Thursday 27 March 2014, whichever is the earlier, a Minister being called to sum up the second reading debate and then without delay the immediate question before the House being put, then any question or questions necessary to complete the second reading stage of the bill to be put;

(2) if the second reading of the bill has been agreed to and any message from the Governor-General recommending an appropriation for the bill announced, the bill then being taken as a whole during consideration in detail stage, if required, for a period not exceeding 60 minutes, at which time any Government amendments that have been circulated in respect of the bill shall be treated as if they have been moved together with:

(a) one question being put on all the Government amendments;

(b) one question being put on any amendments which have been moved by non-Government Members; and

(c) any further questions necessary to complete the remaining stages of the bill being put; and

(3) any variation to this arrangement to be made only by a motion moved by a Minister.

This is a debate management motion designed to ensure that the Clean Energy Finance Corporation bill can be dealt with today. This bill has already been through the House of Representatives once and rejected by the Senate. The government is keen to pass it through the House of Representatives today so it can get back into the Senate at the beginning of the next sitting period, in seven weeks. While I assume the opposition will not be pleased with this motion, I think that the number of speakers who have listed themselves for the debate is indicative of the fact that the House just wants to get on with it. And in the interests of allowing the Leader of the Opposition to move his motion, I propose to curtail my remarks at that point.