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Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Page: 12382

Mr PYNE (3:44 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER —Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr PYNE —Most grievously.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr PYNE —In question time, the Minister for Education asserted that the opposition had no support for its position on the Schools Assistance Bill. It is quite the opposite, and I seek leave to table a small selection of the emails and letters that I have had in the last couple of hours from school principals all across Australia, supporting the stance of the opposition—from schools like St Michael’s Grammar School, the Free Reformed School Association, Fitzroy Community School—

The SPEAKER —Order! The member for Sturt knows he cannot debate the issue.

Mr PYNE —Melbourne Grammar School, the Victorian Parents Council, the Castlemaine Steiner School. Do I need to go on, Mr Speaker? Have I made my point?

The SPEAKER —No. The member has sought leave to table documents. Is leave granted? Leave is not granted. The member for Sturt will resume his seat.