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representatives vote 2021-06-16#2

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on 2021-10-27 13:04:19


  • Motions — Mouse Plague
  • Motions — Mouse Plague — Stop MP for Franklin from speaking


  • <p class="speaker">Julie Collins</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Franklin from moving the following motion immediately&#8212;</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the House:</p>
  • <p class="italic">(1) notes:</p>
  • <p class="italic">(a) the Federal Government continues to ignore calls to develop a national response plan to help farmers and regional communities impacted by the horrific mouse plague;</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b) the NSW Agriculture Minister has formally written to the Federal Government calling for a national response plan, but his request has been ignored;</p>
  • <p class="italic">(c) the Minister for Agriculture remains silent about how the Federal Government can assist; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(d) farmers and regional communities continue to be ignored by this Federal Government; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(2) therefore, calls on the Acting Prime Minister to attend the Chamber and explain how he will take responsibility to help farmers and regional communities deal with the impact of the devastating mouse plague.</p>
  • <p>Why won't this government help farmers with this mouse plague? Why are members of the National Party, who are meant to be supporting farmers&#8212;</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>The member will resume her seat. The Leader of the House?</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Peter Dutton</p>
  • <p>Given you've never been to a farm&#8212;</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>No. The Leader of the House will resume his seat. The member for Franklin has the call.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Julie Collins</p>
  • <p>That is an outrageous slur by the member over there. This side of the House knows more about regional communities&#8212;</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>The Leader of the House&#8212;</p>
  • <p class="italic">Mr Dreyfus interjecting&#8212;</p>
  • <p>The member for Isaacs will leave under standing order 94(a).</p>
  • <p class="italic"> <i>The member for Isaacs then left the chamber.</i></p>
  • <p>The Leader of the House has the call.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Peter Dutton</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the Member be no longer heard.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>The question is the member for Franklin be no further heard.</p>
  • <p> <i>A division having been c</i> <i>alled and the bells being</i> <i> rung&#8212;</i></p>
  • <p>The Leader of the Opposition on a point of order?</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Anthony Albanese</p>
  • <p>The Leader of the House should withdraw.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>I've made it clear&#8212;</p>
  • <p>Government members interjecting&#8212;</p>
  • <p>I'm not going to have those on my right say 'no', or they can exit as well. I thank the Leader of the House.</p>
  • <p>Honourable members interjecting&#8212;</p>
  • <p>The Manager of Opposition Business?</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Burke</p>
  • <p>The Leader of the House should withdraw the interjection and apologise. There are standards we keep. That should be withdrawn.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>Members on my right. Once again, in this situation where people are interjecting and expecting me to simultaneously deal with that and listen to every word that's said, did the Leader of the House make an unparliamentary remark?</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Burke</p>
  • <p>It is in the interests of the House that family members are not brought into debate. No-one wants us to change that principle. It should simply be withdrawn.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>As members know, I've asked the Leader of the House whether he made an unparliamentary remark. It obviously places the chair in a difficult situation, where I'm not hearing every interchange that's occurring because I'm trying to manage all aspects of the House. I'd just say to the Manager of Opposition Business: I don't want to be in a position where remarks are interjections where&#8212;the Leader of the House said he didn't make an parliamentary remark. I don't want the remarks to be remade, in that sense. But I've asked the Leader of the House whether he made an unparliamentary remark. The Manager of Opposition Business has made his request. I've asked whether an unparliamentary remark was made. The Leader of the House has said he hasn't made one. I asked the Leader of the House a question. He answered it.</p>
  • <p>The question is that the member for Franklin be no further heard.</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a motion to stop Franklin MP Julie Collins (Labor) from speaking any more in this debate. Motions like these are known as gagging motions.