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Thursday, 17 June 2010
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Mr IAN MACFARLANE (10:31 AM) —I ask the Minister for Resources and Energy and Minister for Tourism when he became aware of the detail of the mining supertax.

Mr Martin Ferguson interjecting

Mr IAN MACFARLANE —I did not realise I was going to have to be pedantic. Can I ask the minister if he had a detailed briefing any earlier than two days before the announcement of the supertax on the Sunday before the budget.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER —Just before I call the minister, I will make the same observation that I made during the previous consideration. Whilst it is totally appropriate for questions to be asked, this process is morphing into a question and answer session. It is in fact not question time. It is time for debate and at the end of the allotted time the debate will conclude and the motion will be put. It is totally appropriate for questions to be asked but I make the observation that this is debate as to a proposed resolution. I call the minister.