Page 1139 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2012

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Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition): I seek leave to move a motion in relation to the tabling of a document by Dr Bourke.

Leave not granted.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (3.16): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Seselja from moving a motion requiring the Minister for Education and Training to table the asbestos removal plan he referred to in question time today.

We have been lectured to today by the government. We have seen new standards set for the opposition in relation to the tabling of documents in question time. And now we are seeking the government’s cooperation—

Ms Gallagher interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher, thank you.

MR SESELJA: Minister Bourke was asked a very simple question. He was asked whether or not there is an asbestos removal plan. He said yes, there is. We are asking him to table it. He can do it by close of business today. He can go and consult with his department, get it and table it. I think it is legitimate that we ask this on behalf of the community, who have a genuine interest in knowing what the government’s plan is.

Minister Bourke has clearly said there is a plan. There should be no problem in tabling that plan so that all people in the community can have the opportunity to review it.

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Corrections) (3.18): I will be happy to table that plan next sitting day.

Mr Seselja: Sorry—when?

MR SPEAKER: Next sitting day, I believe the comment was, members.

Mr Seselja: My motion says “close of business today”. When will that be happening—next Tuesday, will it, Dr Bourke?

Dr Bourke: Yes.

Mr Seselja: That is fine.

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