House debates

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Questions without Notice


2:58 pm

Photo of Tony WindsorTony Windsor (New England, Independent) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Does the Prime Minister agree with statements made by Liberal Senator Judith Adams when she said, ‘People in rural areas cannot expect proper telecommunications services,’ and: ‘As far as I am concerned, it is a little bit like medical services. You can’t expect to have proper services out in the bush. It’s just not like that’? Prime Minister, why should country people accept second-class services? Why can’t people in rural areas expect proper telecommunications services in line with their city cousins?

Photo of David HawkerDavid Hawker (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

The Prime Minister is not required to comment on something that has been said by another member of the same party. The Prime Minister may choose to answer that part of the question. The rest of the question is in order.

Photo of John HowardJohn Howard (Bennelong, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

I choose to answer the question by saying that the services in the bush will not be second rate. I will quote the part of her statement that you did not quote. She went on to say that it will not be second rate.

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Manager of Opposition Business in the House) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise on a point of order, Mr Speaker. I seek clarification on your ruling, which was that part of the honourable member for New England’s question was out of order. On what basis and under what standing order did you rule that out?

Photo of David HawkerDavid Hawker (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

The Manager of Opposition Business will resume his seat. If he wishes to ask questions of the Speaker, there is an appropriate time.