Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 6 Hansard (23 May) . . Page.. 1549..
The Assembly met at 10.30 am.
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety) (10.33): Mr Speaker, I move:
That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent:
(1) any business before the Assembly at 3.00 p.m. this day being interrupted to allow the Treasurer to be called on forthwith to present the Appropriation Bill 2000-2001;
(2) (a) questions without notice concluding at the time of interruption; or
(b) debate on any motion before the Assembly at the time of interruption being adjourned until the question-"That debate on the Appropriation Bill 2000-2001 be adjourned and the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for the next sitting" is agreed;
(3) at 3.00 p.m. on Thursday, 25 May 2000, the order of the day for resumption of debate on the question that the Appropriation Bill 2000-2001 be agreed to in principle, being called on notwithstanding any business before the Assembly and that the time limit on the speech of the Leader of the Opposition, Independent Members, the ACT Greens and United Canberra Party be equivalent to the time taken by the Treasurer in moving the motion-That the Bill be agreed to in principle; and
(4) (a) questions without notice concluding at the time of interruption; or
(b) debate on any motion before the Assembly at that time being adjourned until a later hour that day.
Mr Speaker, this is the usual motion moved in respect of presentation of the budget in budget week.
Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.
Debate resumed from 9 May 2000, on motion by Mr Smyth:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
Debate (on motion by Mr Berry ) adjourned.