House debates

Monday, 15 November 2010

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2010

Second Reading

Consideration resumed.

Photo of Sharon BirdSharon Bird (Cunningham, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

In accordance with standing order 133(b), I shall now proceed to put the question on the motion moved by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on which a division was called for and deferred in accordance with standing orders. No further debate is allowed.

Question put:

That the bill be read a second time.

Bill read a second time.

8:11 pm

Photo of Joel FitzgibbonJoel Fitzgibbon (Hunter, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Very briefly on indulgence, Mr Speaker, I witnessed some confusion just before the unofficial dinner break about divisions. I do not raise this matter to in any way be discourteous to anyone, but I do remind all members of the House that while we have an unofficial dinner break—a period during which no divisions occur—it is still necessary for those seeking a division to call a division before that time arrives. So, for the clarification of members, I want them to understand that it is still necessary to call a division even though we might be going into the dinner break.

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

The point that the Chief Government Whip raises is well put. There is still an obligation to seek a division and then the division is deferred.