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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 142..


MR SPEAKER: Settle down.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I do appeal to you for a bit of protection in the course of this debate.

MR SPEAKER: I am just reading up on this very point, Chief Minister.

MR HUMPHRIES: I do think that it is important to put these facts on record in a very clear way. Mr Speaker, the opposition in particular has systematically repeatedly sabotaged this process, completely refused to see it go forward in any sort of cooperative fashion and repudiated the government's plans at every turn. We have put these proposals on the table and on each of the two occasions we have done so they have attacked them as a sham and as being unable to be the basis for proper debate. They have found every reason in the world to tell us why the process is not working properly.

Mr Speaker, it is hardly surprising in the circumstances that the government has chosen in this way to go over the heads of those who do not seem to believe that it is appropriate for the government to be sharing its budget with them and, instead, put that information directly into the public arena of the ACT. I do not get Mr Quinlan's, Mr Stanhope's or Mr Berry's press releases delivered to my door. I doubt if other members do, either.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The time for the consideration of the motion for the suspension of standing orders has expired. I am therefore required to put the question.

Question put:

That Mr Quinlan's motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

	  Ayes 6  			Noes 9

 Mr Berry  Mr Stanhope  	Mrs Burke  	Mr Osborne
 Mr Corbell     		Mr Cornwell  	Mr Smyth
 Mr Hargreaves     		Mr Humphries  	Mr Stefaniak
 Mr Quinlan    			Mr Kaine  	Ms Tucker
 Mr Rugendyke    		Mr Moore

Question so resolved in the negative.

Paper

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services): Mr Speaker, in the spirit of openness, I happily table a copy of the press release that Mr Humphries released at lunchtime today. I present the following paper:

ACT Budget initiatives reinvest in the Canberra community-Copy of media release by Gary Humphries MLA.


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