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MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members! We like to enjoy ourselves here, but we cannot enjoy ourselves too much.
Mr Corbell: As interesting as Mr Hanson’s outburst is on Gonski and DV306, I do not think that these are matters really at the heart of Tony Abbott’s terrible plan to cut 10,000 public service jobs.
MADAM SPEAKER: You are making a point of order, Mr Corbell; so can you keep it straight?
Mr Corbell: I would draw your attention, Madam Speaker, to the fact that Mr Hanson is straying into other areas such as draft variation 306 and Gonski, which are not relevant to the motion before the chair.
MR HANSON: Madam Speaker, this has been a very wide-ranging debate. I would argue that it is relevant in terms of the motivations for what has been proposed in the amendment. That is what it goes to, not to the technical issues or the policy of DV306, but simply the motivation of the member moving the amendment in this case.
Mr Corbell: The motivations are not relevant to this.
MR HANSON: Yes, they are.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury has moved a set of amendments which you are speaking to which address a range of issues. I would ask you, Mr Hanson, to be relevant to the amendment.
MR HANSON: Certainly, Madam Speaker. By virtue of the fact that the government sought to close me down I think my point has been somewhat well made. The member that moved the amendment tends to do these sorts of things. We see him gnashing his teeth, gnashing his teeth, and then coming down here and voting with the government.
We will see it in the next motion, the memorial motion. He will say, “Oh dear, I feel sympathetic. I will say lots of words, lots of words. I am voting with the government.” We have seen that quite regularly.
Mr Corbell: Point of order.
MR HANSON: All right, I am moving on. I am moving on.
Mr Corbell: He is ignoring your ruling, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: I do not consider that he is ignoring my ruling. Thank you for your assistance, Mr Corbell. But could you move on to—
MR HANSON: Yes, I understand that Mr Rattenbury has got a problem. He has got to try and support his Senate candidate colleague Simon Sheikh. That is what he is