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Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Page: 63

Mr PYNE (SturtLeader of the House and Minister for Education) (09:22): The reason standing orders should not be suspended on this occasion is that the coalition won the election two months ago and today we want to introduce the carbon tax repeal bills. On the draft daily program, the carbon tax repeal bills are listed for debate. Labor has demonstrated for the last 20 minutes that they will do anything to stand in the way of lowering electricity prices in this country. 'Electricity Bill' Shorten, as his first political act in the parliament, has desired to get his Manager of Opposition Business to block the repeal of the carbon tax.

Mr Burke: I rise on a point of order. A large number of comments were made yesterday about people being referred to by correct titles. To have the Leader of the House immediately abrogating that is inappropriate and his comment should be withdrawn.

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the House was not addressing a member by any title; he was merely using a description and I do not find the term unparliamentarily.

Mr Burke: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, I am not sure whether you heard the description that was given—

The SPEAKER: It was not a description.

Mr Burke: but what we had was something that even the Prime Minister yesterday acknowledged could not be used within the chamber.

The SPEAKER: I have already ruled on the point of order and you are raising the matter a second time.

Mr PYNE: The reason standing orders should not be suspended is that the Australian public expects this government to get on with its program. That is why the Australian public elected 90 members of the coalition on 7 September—to repeal the carbon tax. The draft daily program lists the carbon tax repeal bills as the first item of business, not parliamentary stunts.

Mr Burke: I raise a point of order. We have no intention of trying to gag the member's speech but we cannot have this situation. The gravity of this new ruling of allowing—

The SPEAKER: I ask the Manager of Opposition Business to state the point of order which he is addressing, numbered as it is in the standing orders. If he is repeating a point of order he has already raised, I have already ruled on that point of order and I will not entertain it again.

Mr Burke: The gravity of that ruling—to allow name-calling of any sort in this parliament—takes us to a new low.

The SPEAKER: There is no point of order. I call the Leader of the House.

Mr PYNE: It is very clear that the Manager of Opposition Business does not know his standing orders. While slightly irrelevant to the debate, the Leader of the Opposition should have stuck with the member for Grayndler, who is now trying to help him in this rather embarrassing display of ineptitude on the part of the Opposition. He now has the answer; he now has the standing order number.

The SPEAKER: I say to the honourable Manager of Opposition Business that if he is intending to re-raise the same point I will consider that frivolous or aimed simply at disrupting the proceedings of the House, and I will not acknowledge him again in the course of this particular area of debate.

Debate interrupted.