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Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Page: 194

Mr BURKE (WatsonManager of Opposition Business) (17:33): I will not speak for long, but I do think it is important to note a couple of things. First of all, the motion on the Notice Paper would have had this debate concluding in less than 15 minutes time. As to the idea that there has been a change, we have now been made aware of it for the first time. Certainly, there was no way we were going to give leave to the motion on the Notice Paper, going forward.

I would also note that my speech earlier today about standing orders has become somewhat redundant. I complained about the adjournment debate being knocked down from one hour to 30 minutes, but it has now gone to zero.

Ms Macklin: On day one.

Mr BURKE: Yes, on day one. Notwithstanding that, the resolution before the House does itself constitute a gag. I constitutes yet another abuse of the opportunity of members of parliament to make contributions. We have made it clear that we were happy to facilitate debate to make sure that it happened tonight. This is right on the draconian end of that, and we will be opposing the suspension.

The SPEAKER: The question is that so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent certain things applying in respect of proceedings on the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2013.