Thursday, 6 March 2014
Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014; Consideration in Detail
If the minister could respond, the challenge if this bill is passed will be what occurs in terms of the breakup of Qantas. There is a very real distinction between the corporate structure of Qantas and the corporate structure of Virgin. Virgin's international arm is a new arm. Qantas has—
No. With respect, Mr Deputy Speaker, procedurally, you cannot move that something be put that hasn't even been moved.
Government members interjecting—
You are a hopeless Leader of House and you still don't know what—
A government member: You haven't got the call!
There is no motion for the third reading before the House. Leave was sought. It was not given because I thought it was appropriate to have a consideration in detail stage so the minister can respond—
Mr Deputy Speaker, on a point of order. The question was put to the House: was leave granted for the third reading to be moved forthwith? Leave was not granted for it to be moved forthwith, but we are now into the third reading of the bill—or the consideration in detail, because leave was not granted for the third reading to be moved forthwith. But the question before the House is that the bill be agreed to, as you have stated. I have moved that that question be put.
Point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker: it is impossible for the House to deal with the question 'That the question be put' when there is no question before the House. It would be like if one of us jumped up during question time and moved that the question be put when there is no question before the House. They asked for leave to move directly to the third reading. Leave was not granted. We moved to consideration in detail. Had leave been granted, they would have moved straightaway that the bill be read a third time. That did not happen. Therefore, there is no question before the House and it is impossible to move that the question be put when there is no question before the House.