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Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) — I rise to oppose the motion. Again we see a government just spinning the wheels. It is rushing things through without proper allowance for scrutiny. There is no opportunity to do things properly. There has been a protocol in this house over a number of years that gives the opposition two weeks, which allows for briefings to get the necessary information and allows for scrutiny. This protocol is not being followed by this government. It is rushing things through, and it has not provided an opportunity to talk on a most important bill. One would think the budget is the key element the government would want to talk about, yet it has shuffled it straight under the table and has not allowed it to be debated in the house. There are still 16 members who have not had the opportunity to speak on the budget. Instead the government is trying to rush through its business program.

The laziness referred to by the Leader of the House is in fact that of the government itself. If it did its work, it would have had these bills prepared in time to bring them before the house and allow for the two weeks that are necessary to conform with the protocol that has stood for many years in this house. Instead from this government we see absolute laziness and an attempt to hijack the protocol of the house, which allows the opposition to do its job of keeping the government to account and doing what the public expects the opposition to do — that is, to ensure that proper scrutiny is done on the bills brought before the house. That is not what we see here; we see a hijacking of this legislation.

It is an absolute disgrace that one bill after the other is being brought before the house and that the protocol of two weeks, which has existed for many years, is being thrown out the window. It is an absolute lack of respect to the people of Victoria, and it gets in the way of ensuring that this government is held to account. I stand with my colleagues in suggesting this is absolutely inappropriate and in opposing this motion.

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