Thursday, 3 June 2010
Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders
Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order under standing order 97a, which states, as you would be aware, that question time shall begin at 2.00 pm on each sitting day. If they do not want to have question time in future—
The Leader of the House will resume his seat. I have called on question time. I have given the call to the Leader of the Opposition. As the Leader of the House knows, even though I thought that the Leader of the Opposition might have been going to ask a question, the procedure that he is outlining is permissible. The Leader of the Opposition has the call.
That so much of standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition from moving forthwith the following motion:That the Prime Minister be called and address the House, for a period not exceeding 10 minutes to be followed by the Leader of the Opposition for the same time, to address the claim that his new mining tax will drive investment offshore, destroy jobs and risk Australia’s economic prosperity, and, in particular that the Prime Minister:
- explain why his great big new tax doesn’t risk our prosperity when today’s announcement by Xstrata – to immediately suspend $586 million of investment in two Queensland mining projects and put 3,250 new jobs at risk – proves otherwise;
- stop playing class war politics over the livelihoods of mining communities across Australia and dump his tax before any more projects are jeopardised or another job lost; and
- stop hiding from the mining industry, the Parliament and the Australian people by stepping up to the mark today and defending his tax.
Original question put:
That the motion (Mr Abbott’s) be agreed to.