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representatives vote 2020-03-04#6

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on 2020-03-20 10:59:15


  • Bills — Australian Education Amendment (Direct Measure of Income) Bill 2020; Third Reading
  • Australian Education Amendment (Direct Measure of Income) Bill 2020 - Third Reading - Put the question


  • <p class="speaker">Melissa Price</p>
  • <p>I would like to seek leave to move the bill be read a third time.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Burke</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along, which ended debate on the question and required them instead to vote on it immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to *put the question*.
  • <p>No. The Senate's not sitting. This can be dealt with tomorrow in the normal way. Leave is not granted.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Melissa Price</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion for the third reading being moved without delay.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Burke</p>
  • <p>In speaking to the motion, it needs to be understood that any reason for rushing this through and not doing as standing orders presume in going through the normal procedures is something that only makes any logical sense if it can get to the Senate tomorrow. The Senate's not sitting tomorrow, so exactly what is the purpose in rushing this through? There is no logic at all in not just going through the normal practice of the standing orders.</p>
  • <p>Leave has been sought as a form of extra cooperation. I've got to say, if you're seeking an extra layer of cooperation in this House, that cooperation is being sought by member after member who time after time has voted that members of the opposition be no further heard. Every single time! And then, when it's been done back to them, the indignation has been spectacular. The indignation of those opposite, having voted to shut down any voices that are not their own, and then they come here saying: 'Oh, please, can't we have some cooperation? Please, can't we get a bill through today rather than do the third reading tomorrow so we can push it across to a Senate that isn't even on for a number of weeks?' You can't exactly second a bill to an estimates committee. You can't exactly rush it through today and think it's going to make any difference at all.</p>
  • <p>I know they're cranky because they've had to sit in the chamber, and they say, 'Oh, why are you being so mean with quorum calls?' You know, there's this thing called the Constitution. The quorum requirement is not in the standing orders. The quorum requirement is not even in <i>Practice</i>. It's as fundamental as the Australian Constitution, and they are devastated that it's being enforced.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Melissa Price</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the question be now put.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>The question is that the question be now put.</p>