House debates

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Motions

Prime Minister

5:57 pm

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to move the following motion:

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Grayndler to speak in response to the Leader of the House tabling a letter from the Prime Minister concerning his misleading the parliament.

This scandal just keeps getting deeper. This was a prepared statement by the Prime Minister today where he put the words of Ben Fordham into the mouth of a Victorian police officer. The fact is that this just continues—

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

I will just clarify: did the Leader of the Opposition seek leave?

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

I did and I'm getting a good run here! If they're not paying attention, that's their fault.

Photo of Christian PorterChristian Porter (Pearce, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | | Hansard source

Leave is not granted.

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

I suspect I got out more than I will get out now. I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended that would prevent the member for Grayndler moving the following motion immediately:

That the House:

(1) notes that;

  (a) today in Question Time, the Prime Minister told the House that in March 2013, a then detective in Victoria Police’s fraud squad, Ross Mitchell, made a statement about former Prime Minister Julia Gillard;

  (b) that statement was made word for word by radio host Ben Fordham-a fact which is clear from The Australian newspaper article by Hedley Thomas dated 27 April 2013 which reports that statement; and

  (c) in attempting to defend a Minister who has deliberately misled the Parliament, the Prime Minister today has misled the Parliament; and

(2) therefore, the House calls on the Prime Minister to do what is required by the House and his own Ministerial Standards and attend the Chamber to correct his misleading statement at 9.30 am tomorrow.

The fact is that this government, in trying to protect this minister, is bringing down the Prime Minister.

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The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat.

6:00 pm

Photo of Christian PorterChristian Porter (Pearce, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the member no longer be heard.

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The question is that the Leader of the Opposition be no further heard.

6:07 pm

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Is the motion seconded?

Photo of Mark ButlerMark Butler (Hindmarsh, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy) Share this | | Hansard source

I second it. Misleading the parliament has become an infectious disease on that side of the House—

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The member for Hindmarsh will resume his seat. The Leader of the House.

Photo of Christian PorterChristian Porter (Pearce, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the member be no longer heard.

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that the member for Hindmarsh be no further heard.

6:10 pm

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The question now is that the motion moved by the Leader of the Opposition be agreed to. The member for Isaacs.

Photo of Mark DreyfusMark Dreyfus (Isaacs, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Attorney General) Share this | | Hansard source

This—

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The member for Isaacs will resume his seat. The Leader of the House.

Photo of Christian PorterChristian Porter (Pearce, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the question be now put.

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The question is that the question be now put.

6:13 pm

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The question now is that the motion moved by the Leader of the Opposition to suspend standing orders be agreed to.