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Tuesday, 9 May 2000
Page: 16051

Mr ALBANESE (3:04 PM) —Mr Speaker, my question is addressed to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, is it a fact that permanent residential park tenants were charged a $2 entry fee to attend an information session last Saturday with the member for Fadden, David Jull, about how the GST will affect their site fees? Which government members were present at the meeting? Isn't it enough that these people's rents will be rising by as much as $18 a fortnight with the introduction of the GST?

Mr SPEAKER —The member for Grayndler is now entering into debate.

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —Mr Speaker, I frankly do not know. I will find out. I thank—

Mr HOWARD —I do not know and, as you know, I do not automatically accept everything that comes from the other side. But I will check and if there is anything that I can usefully inform the honourable member for Grayndler of regarding the matter I certainly will, and I will make that known to other honourable members.

Mr Speaker, while I am on my feet, I have been informed by a reliable source that that was question 1,003 asked by the opposition since the return of the coalition government in October of the year before last. If my quick mathematics serve me well, it has taken us only—

Mr Albanese —Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order on relevance. The Prime Minister might think that these battlers are a joke—

Mr SPEAKER —The member for Grayndler will resume his seat. He has asked his question and I will rule on his point of order. The member for Grayndler has raised a point of order on relevance. The Prime Minister was commenting on the number of questions asked. I was not sure whether he was going to refer to the number of questions asked relative to caravan park tenants or what his proposal was, but I invite him to conclude his answer.

Mr HOWARD —The point I was making was simply that on the rate of progress of previous governments we really would not have any more questions for the rest of the government's term.

Mr Albanese —Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I seek leave to table the invitation to the meeting for the member for Fadden.

Leave not granted.