Monday, 18 February 2008
Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders
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.
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.
Original question put:
That the motion (Mr Hartsuyker’s) be agreed to.