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important than my sending out an email on something which I had already explained to people.
If Mrs Burke cares to check with the crossbench members, I am sure that she will find that I did actually explain this to them. I explained quite clearly what it would mean. There was discussion about what was happening with Dr Foskey’s MPI, et cetera. I am sorry that Mrs Burke is confused.
I should also correct the record. Mrs Burke, I understand, has alleged that Ms Porter asked for the pair. Certainly she did not. I actually sent a note across to Mrs Burke—a written note, which I have—asking the opposition, as they had some functions which they were hoping to get to this evening, if any of them wanted a pair. I was told that Mr Stefaniak would like to go to a function in Belconnen, which Ms Porter also wanted to go to, so it was agreed at that time that that would take place.
There was the issue of the need to have an absolute majority for suspension of standing orders. I think this is where the issue lies for the opposition in that they were hoping that they would catch us out by us not having an absolute majority to suspend standing orders and thus not let the government get on with business yet again. It would not have worked anyway because, as the record shows, Dr Foskey voted for the suspension of standing orders.
Mr Speaker, that is my understanding of what happened today. I have taken at least three minutes longer than I should have in talking about this.
Question resolved in the affirmative.