Tuesday, 24 June 2014
I seek leave to move that government business take priority over standing order 43 until government notice No. 5 is completed.
Leave not granted.
In which case, I move:
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Sturt from moving forthwith:
That government business have priority over members’ statements for this sitting.
This simply allows us to suspend the 90-second statements until the final debate management motion is completed. Should that take about 10 or 15 minutes it will allow about 15 minutes for 90-second statements before question time.
That, in relation to proceedings on the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014 and the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014, so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the following from occurring:
(1) the resumption of debate on the second readings of the bills being called on together;
(2) at the conclusion of the second reading debate, not including a Minister speaking in reply, or 3 hours after the resumption of the second reading debate, whichever is the earlier, a Minister being called to sum up the second reading debate and then without delay, (a) one question being put on any amendments moved to motions for the second readings by opposition Members, (b) any necessary questions being put on amendments moved by any other Member, and (c) one question being put on the second readings of the bills together;
(3) if the second readings of the bills have been agreed to, messages from the Governor-General recommending appropriations for the bills being announced together;
(4) the consideration in detail stages, if required, on the bills being taken together for a period not exceeding 30 minutes at which time any questions necessary to complete the detail stage being put;
(5) at the conclusion of the detail stage, one question being put on the third readings of the bills together; and
(6) any variation to this arrangement to be made only by a motion moved by a Minister.
This is the last of the debate management motions that I will be moving today to ensure that we have a smooth running of the House from now until Thursday evening.
Obviously the Minister for Social Services and the government want to pass this important budget legislation and move it into the Senate by the end of this week. This will allow for a debate on the budget measures and consideration in detail. I commend the motion to the House.
Labor opposes this move by the Leader of the House to gag this debate on legislation which contains the most brutal cuts to our social safety net that Australia has ever seen: cuts to the age pension, cuts to the carer payment, cuts to veterans' pensions, cuts to the disability support pension. What this gag motion is all about is protecting each and every one of those members opposite from having to come in here and defend these outrageous cuts that are going to hurt millions of Australians. Millions of Australians are going to be hurt by these budget bills. They will hurt 3.2 million Australian pensioners who will have their pension cut by around $80 a week within the next 10 years. Imagine what $80 a week means to somebody who is living on around $20,000 a year—that is exactly what these budget bills do.
Of course, what the government wants to do as a result of this gag motion today is make sure that debate is cut short so that people opposite are not required to come in and support these outrageous changes. The people of Australia know that these cuts are unfair. They are unfair on the most vulnerable people in this country—