Thursday, 6 March 2014
Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014; Third Reading
I ask leave of the House to move the third reading immediately.
Leave not granted.
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion for the third reading being moved without delay.
We are in a difficult position. The motion has been called and a vote has been taken, so we will have to complete the motion. You may then seek a recommittal.
Mr Shorten interjecting—
We are in the process of taking the vote. The ayes have already voted.
It is extraordinary that those opposite are not prepared to defend their position. We are talking about an iconic Australian company that has represented our nation around the world for 94 years.
Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. The last half an hour was spent suspending standing orders so that that motion could be moved immediately as a procedural motion. It does not have to be debated; it has to be voted on. That is why we moved the motion that standing orders be suspended.
Both members will resume their seats. The position is this: we have just carried the motion that standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion that the third reading be moved without delay. We have carried that motion. The Deputy Prime Minister has now moved the third reading, and the member for Grayndler wishes to debate that motion. There are other forms which may be used then. I call the member for Grayndler.
I have asked you to resume your seat. I would say to the member for Grayndler that on a number of occasions I have asked you to resume your seat and you have failed to do so. One more time and you will leave the chamber. I call the Leader of the House.