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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2800..


The Assembly voted-

 Ayes 5  		Noes 4

 Mrs Burke     		Mr Berry   
 Mr Cornwell     	Mr Quinlan   
 Mr Hird     		Mr Stanhope
 Mr Rugendyke    	Ms Tucker  
 Mr Stefaniak       
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Clause 19 agreed to.

Clause 20 agreed to.

Mr Stanhope: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. I need guidance on procedure for returning to clause 19. It is not just a question of recommitting. Many of us did not realise that the suspension of the sitting had ended and debate had recommenced. Clause 19, which nine of us voted on without debate, should be recommitted. I do not know whether just the vote can be recommitted. This is a very significant provision. We owe it to the bill and to the issue to debate clause 19. I am not quite sure how that is done.

MR SPEAKER: I said that we would suspend until 12.35. If people cannot understand their watches, that is their problem. However, I also understand from Mr Kaine that the division bells were not ringing upstairs.

Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, obviously there was confusion on both sides. I think the vote should be put again under standing order 165.

MR SPEAKER: Standing order 187 states:

At the conclusion of consideration of the detail stage of a bill, a Member may move that the bill be reconsidered either in whole or in part.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, that will be satisfactory. We can do it at the conclusion.

Mr Moore: No, don't do it at the conclusion of the bill. Bugger that. We have got 165. There is confusion concerning the numbers reported. I am confused about the numbers reported, Mr Speaker. I am totally confused about it. I am telling you I am confused about it. It cannot be otherwise corrected, so we should proceed to another vote.

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, the amendments to clause 20 are consequential on clause 19. It would make a nonsense for us to debate clause 20.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I think the only way we can recommit is to suspend standing orders.

Mr Moore: Do it by leave, Wayne. We can do whatever we like by leave.


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