Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders
That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for North Sydney from moving the following motion forthwith:
That this House:
(1) condemns this Government for failing to adequately detail how it will pay for its $120 billion of new spending on disability services, additional funding for aged care, new funding for low-paid workers, increased costs of its border protection failures, funding of new defence projects, establishment of a new dental care scheme, and provision of additional education funding for everyone everywhere;
(2) calls on the Treasurer to immediately explain which new or increased taxes will be introduced to fund the Government's $120 billion Budget black hole; and
(3) further condemns the Government for refusing to release Treasury's taxpayer funded costings of Greens taxation policies, and rejects the Government's claims that the documents would "allow a direct inference to be drawn about subsequent Cabinet deliberations", and that they contained "material prepared to inform deliberations of Government".
This mob cannot continue to be hypocrites in the House. They need to come clean about their $120 billion hole. What—
Time and time again Labor comes out with big-spending promises. They do everything they can to stop us from trying to clean up their mess. We have to come in and clean up their mess because—the Lord knows!—they know how to make a mess.
I second the motion. The Treasurer needs to come into the House and explain: where is the money coming from? The Treasurer appears to take his financial advice from Norman Lindsay. He seems to think there is a magic pudding somewhere and every time you take a slice it grows back. A government that promised before the last election, 'There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead,' will never be believed by the Australian people that it will be able to fund its $120 billion of unfunded promises which it is using to bribe the Australian people at the next election.
Madam Deputy Speaker, on a point of order, I refer to the sixth edition—for the first time, I think, in this chamber—of the House of Representatives Practice at page 261, which goes to the suspension of standing orders:
It is not unusual in the functioning of the House for it to be found necessary to suspend standing orders, or a particular standing order, to permit certain action to be taken.
It goes on—
Madam Deputy Speaker, on the point of order, I refer you to House of Representatives Practice, no matter which edition. The fact of the matter is that he is abusing the use of a point of order to stop the clock. He should be sat down.
The Manager of Opposition Business will resume his seat. The Manager of Opposition Business might reflect on the use of the word 'you' in the statement he just made. The question is that the member be no longer heard.