John Lewthwaite Parole
Mr PETER DEBNAM: My question without notice is directed to the Attorney General. Given that the Attorney General promised that if paedophile child killer John Lewthwaite "crosses the line even in the most trifling way, he will find himself back behind bars" and given that he is on bail after being arrested for wilful and obscene exposure, will the Attorney now change his flawed parole system to ensure that John Lewthwaite is off the streets and in gaol today.
Mr BOB DEBUS: Two points need to be made. First, this matter is before the courts.
Mr SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member for Gosford will come to order.
Mr BOB DEBUS: Second, the Minister with portfolio responsibility for parole is not me. On both counts it is inappropriate that I should comment.
Mr Peter Debnam: Point of order—
Mr SPEAKER: Is the Leader of the Opposition taking a point of order or asking another question?
Mr Peter Debnam: Minister, the words are yours.
Mr SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order. The honourable member for Parramatta has the call.
Mr SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat.
Mr SPEAKER: Order! The House is less than five minutes into question time and the Leader of the Opposition has already contravened the standing orders.