Senate debates

Thursday, 24 March 2011

National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010; Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures — Access Arrangements) Bill 2011

In Committee

8:30 pm

Photo of Stephen ConroyStephen Conroy (Victoria, Australian Labor Party, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

As I said, the questions you are asking are not relevant and should be ruled out of order. I invite you to show to which clause of this bill—and we are on a specific clause—or how those questions are relevant, Senator Joyce. As I said, I will happily debate the NBN and the amount of debt that the company may be borrowing till the cows come home, but tonight we are here to debate this clause and this bill. I am just not going to waste the chamber’s time. I am drawing a line, Senator—through you, Madam Temporary Chairman. I am happy to discuss the bill and the clauses at length. I am not going to waste the chamber’s time being drawn into a conversation in which the questions have no relation to the bill before us or the clauses before us.

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