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Tuesday, 27 February 2001
Page: 24504

Mr STEPHEN SMITH (5:09 PM) —I move the following amendment:

That all words after `that' be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

`that the message be debated forthwith because of uncertainty in the community about the Howard-Anderson government's real intention in relation to the introduction of legislation to fully privatise Telstra'.

John Howard, just a Liberal; John Anderson, just a Liberal!

Motion (by Mr McGauran) put:

That the question be now put.

A division having been called and the bells having been rung—

Mr Leo McLeay —Madam Deputy Speaker, on a point of order: my understanding is that the Deputy Leader of the House moved that the question be put prior to your seeking a seconder for the amendment. I ask you: is that in order?

Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mrs Gash)—I am informed that there was a previous motion already on the books and that the minister had moved that motion, which is quite in order.