Page 4195 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 21 September 2011

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things happen around the request for and the granting of leave—so much so, Mr Speaker, that I remind you, without going into the detail, that you saw fit to raise it in the administration and procedure committee yesterday. There were concerns that it was getting out of hand. Indeed, it has got out of hand, Mr Speaker.

We have seen a convention flouted twice with Mr Doszpot seeking leave to speak to a petition and we have seen the minister actually being on the receiving end of a threat. You will recall that there was a threat put across the chamber by the Leader of the Opposition that the government would be denied leave. That threat, in fact, was carried out so rapidly that it could only have been as a result of a fit of pique because of the denial of leave earlier on in the day yesterday.

There is a commonality between the refusal of leave for the minister to address the estimates committee and the refusal of Mr Hanson—for exactly the same reason. What needs to happen, Mr Speaker—

Mr Seselja interjecting—

MR HARGREAVES: You need to stop muttering under your breath for a moment and just listen.

Mr Seselja: It wasn’t under my breath.

MR HARGREAVES: If it was not under your breath, you could be on the list too. You want to be on the list too—knock yourself out. There is a growing list. You are a growing boy; you have got a growing voice.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hargreaves; just come to the question.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I am trying to get the point across.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, on a point of order—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, one moment, thank you. Clerk, stop the clocks. Yes, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: I would ask you to consider whether or not the term “you’re a grubby boy” is unparliamentary.

MR SPEAKER: I actually think he said “growing”, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: My apologies; I thought he said “grubby”.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I am minded to ask—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hargreaves, let us just stick to the debate.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

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