Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders
That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent notice No. 7, private Members’ business, standing in my name, being called on and proceeded with immediately and that until it is disposed of it take precedence over all other business before the House. In Particular that this House gives precedence to the Solar Hot Water Bill for the following reasons—the Government:
(1) terminated the Solar Hot Water Rebate program with no notice to families, retailers or manufacturing workers at 4.59 on 28 February 2012;
(2) did so in breach of its own mid-year budget papers of 10 February which showed $63.5m for the current financial year and $24.5m for the coming financial year commencing on 1 July 2012;
(3) has failed to provide the figures as to the number of units funded to date this financial year; and
(4) stands condemned for the hypocrisy of imposing the world’s highest and broadest carbon tax while simultaneously abandoning incentives for low cost hot water to families.
This is a government of solar frauds—
I second the motion. This is about small business hypocrites in the government. This is another smack in the chops to small business from more policy flip-flops from you guys. That is why we need to suspend standing orders.
The time allotted for this debate has expired, and the honourable member for North Sydney will not defy the chair. The Leader of the House will resume his seat. The question before the chair is that the motion—
I stated the question. I was very careful to state the question because the time had not expired. The question before the chair is that the motion moved by the honourable member for Flinders be agreed to.