Page 4916 - Week 13 - Thursday, 12 November 2009

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Labor Party and the question for the education minister is: why are principals in ACT schools less trustworthy than their interstate counterparts? That is at the heart of this matter—

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: the question is that standing orders be suspended. We are not having a debate about the substance of Mr Doszpot’s amendment.

MR SESELJA: You have already ruled on this, Mr Speaker. This is vexatious.

Mr Corbell: We are having a debate about the suspension of standing orders and why standing orders should not apply. Mr Seselja should try and confine his comments to that matter.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Corbell. He has a point, Mr Seselja. Let us stick to the issue of the standing orders.

MR SESELJA: Well, Mr Speaker, the whole point of why we should suspend standing orders is about the merits, the urgency and why it is important. Surely that is part of this debate. It is why we should give parity and why the government does not want to give parity. That is what they are voting against today. They are voting against—

Mr Corbell: On a point of order.

MR SESELJA: This is becoming ridiculous.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order.

Mr Hanson: Stop the clock.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point in stopping the clock; we will just let Mr Seselja finish.

Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, I again ask you to give some direction on this matter because—

MR SPEAKER: I gave some direction.

MR SESELJA: You have given direction; this is vexatious now. We do not have very long, Mr Speaker.

Mr Corbell: Mr Seselja is continuing to make—

MR SPEAKER: Yes, thank you, Mr Corbell, the point is made.

Mr Corbell: He is continuing to engage in the policy debate, and that is not the question.

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