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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2618..


MR DEPUTY (continuing):

something new to put. If you wish to move your written amendment to proposed new section 55E you will need leave and you may seek leave now.

Mr Hargreaves: I rise on a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I understand that there is a ruling or a standing order which applies to something being moved in relation to legislation which has been passed-the 12-month rule. Could you give me a ruling on that, please?

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: That is true, if it is not within the same piece of legislation. We are still debating that legislation. Nevertheless, it is valid to make the point that leave of the Assembly is still needed to go back in the same legislation. You may seek leave, Mrs Dunne, and it will be up to the Assembly to determine whether to give you leave.

Mrs Dunne: I seek leave to move an amendment to proposed new section 55E.

Leave not granted.

Suspension of standing orders

MRS DUNNE (10.19): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mrs Dunne moving her amendment to section 55E.

Mr Deputy Speaker, here we go again with Mr Berry and his cronies applying the gag.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! You must speak in terms of the reason for the suspension of standing orders, not to the amendment, if I may say so.

Mr Stanhope: Mr Deputy Speaker, I think that it is unparliamentary to refer to me as a crony of Mr Berry's.

MRS DUNNE: I was not thinking of you, actually.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: I did not hear that, Chief Minister. Mrs Dunne, shall we get on with it as it is 20 past 10. Please proceed.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Deputy Speaker, this is an important matter that goes to the heart of how we conduct this debate. This is an important matter about-

Mr Wood: We keep on top of it all the time; that is how we do this debate.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Wood is quite right; I was not entirely on top of it. For that, I apologise to members. But this is an important matter which goes to the heart of ascertaining which members are prepared to support the institutions in this territory and


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