House debates

Monday, 18 February 2008

Fuel Prices

Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders

3:31 pm

Photo of Luke HartsuykerLuke Hartsuyker (Cowper, National Party, Deputy Leader of Opposition Business in the House) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Honourable Member for Cowper from being called forthwith to address the House on the following Matter of Definite Public Importance: “The failure of the Rudd Labor Government to adequately address the issue of rising petrol prices which is placing upward pressure on interest rates and inflation and adversely affecting Australian families,” and for other members to then be called to address the House on this matter and for the time limits provided for in Standing Order 1 in relation to Matters of Public Importance being applied to the honourable Member for Cowper and other members speaking.

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the House) Share this | | Hansard source

Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I am not sure what this is exactly. The standing orders are very clear about the matter of public importance and about what time it takes place. We have a ministerial statement that has been scheduled as requested—I might add by you and by the members opposite. Proper notice has been given. It is the next item on the agenda, and I ask you to call it on.

Photo of Harry JenkinsHarry Jenkins (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

The member for Cowper is seeking leave and can finish his motion.

Photo of Luke HartsuykerLuke Hartsuyker (Cowper, National Party, Deputy Leader of Opposition Business in the House) Share this | | Hansard source

Mr Speaker, the whole of the Australian nation is waiting for ‘Crazy Kev’s’ discount petrol—

Photo of Harry JenkinsHarry Jenkins (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

Order! I misled the Leader of the House. The member for Cowper moved a motion. The motion has been completed. He is now addressing his motion.

Photo of Luke HartsuykerLuke Hartsuyker (Cowper, National Party, Deputy Leader of Opposition Business in the House) Share this | | Hansard source

Yes, Mr Speaker. They’re waiting for ‘Crazy Kev’s’ discount petrol—

3:33 pm

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the House) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the member be no longer heard.

Question put.

3:40 pm

Photo of Joe HockeyJoe Hockey (North Sydney, Liberal Party, Manager of Opposition Business in the House) Share this | | Hansard source

Mr Speaker, the government have brought this upon themselves by closing down—

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the House) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the member be no longer heard.

Question put.

Original question put:

That the motion (Mr Hartsuyker’s) be agreed to.