Sep 18, 2007

Questions without Notice – Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

Questions without Notice – Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

18 September 2007

Mr ALBANESE (3.07 p.m.)—My question is addressed to the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

Honourable members interjecting—

The SPEAKER—Order! The member has the call and the member will be heard.

Mr ALBANESE—Mr Speaker, I am a working-class Catholic from Camperdown. Further to the minister’s answer yesterday, when he told the House that his latest newsletter does not mention the Prime Minister because it is all about him, how does he reconcile his view that it is all about him with the health minister’s—

Mrs Mirabella—Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I am not aware that there is any minister in this House that goes by the title of ‘envinement’. If there is, could you please—

The SPEAKER—The member for Indi is warned!

Mr ALBANESE—How does he reconcile his view that it is ‘all about him’ with the health minister’s view:

I think Malcolm’s got a big future in politics. He certainly doesn’t rate with the Prime Minister, the Treasurer, the Foreign Minister and others …

Who are the ‘others’ in the team which the health minister is referring to?

The SPEAKER—I have listened carefully to that question. I do not see how that can relate to the minister’s responsibilities. I rule the question out of order.