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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 (Hansard) 16 May) . . Page.. 1377..


ACTION - School Services

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order!

Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, I ask that - - -

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I believe that you have given me the call. Mr Speaker, I would like to ask a question of Mr De Domenico - - -

MR SPEAKER: Just a moment. I recognise the Chief Minister, Mr Moore.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I draw your attention to the fact that you had actually called my name first, and I believe that it is appropriate for you to - - -

MR SPEAKER: I thought you were going to raise a point of order.

MR MOORE: No, I was not, Mr Speaker. I was standing. You called me. Clearly, I was on my feet before the Chief Minister, and that is what the standing orders provide.

MR SPEAKER: The standing orders simply state that all members rising may have a chance to ask a question.

Mrs Carnell: It is all right, if he wants to.

MR SPEAKER: The standing orders state:

Questions without notice shall not be concluded until all non-Executive Members rising have asked at least one question.

All members rising have asked at least one question. The Chief Minister has indicated to me that she magnanimously gives you the opportunity to ask the question.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, it has nothing to do with her magnanimity; it has to do with your need to follow standing order 44. Standing order 44 clearly states that when two or more members rise to speak the Speaker shall call on the member who rose first. It has nothing at all to do with their magnanimity, although I appreciate that.

My question is to Mr De Domenico, who I believe indicated to Ms Tucker just a short while ago that the school bus services run at 100 per cent. Mr De Domenico wrote to me on 8 May this year, after representations from me to him with reference to a school student who was left without a bus. His letter reads:


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