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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Page: 6213


Mr HOCKEY (North Sydney) (09:01): Madam Deputy Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion.

Leave not granted.

Mr HOCKEY: That is a little disappointing. I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for North Sydney from moving the following motion forthwith—That the resolution of the House of Representatives of 8 May 2012, regarding the management of proceedings in respect of Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2012-2013, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2012-2013, Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2012-2013, Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2011-2012 and Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2011-2012, be rescinded to allow the House to properly consider the proposal contained in Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2012-2013, to increase the Commonwealth debt ceiling from $250 billion to $300 billion.

Stop covering up! Have a proper debate!

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): Order! The member for North Sydney will resume his seat.

Mr Albanese: Madam Deputy Speaker, I would ask that the member withdraw that last comment.

Honourable members interjecting

Mr Albanese: What am I covering up?

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Leader of the House will resume his seat.

Mr HOCKEY: No. I don't withdraw!

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for North Sydney does not have the call. He will resume his seat. I call the Leader of the House.

Mr Albanese: Madam Deputy Speaker, the shadow Treasurer is alleging that the budget papers are somehow not transparent; they are!

Opposition members interjecting

Mr Albanese: I read in the Australian that he, indeed, said he supported this measure!

Mr Pyne interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Manager of Opposition Business does not have the call. I call the Leader of the House.