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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 15 Hansard (15 December) . . Page.. 4907..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

that there are a number of items of executive business that the government wishes to deal with today.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting pattern—2006

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Minister for Health and Minister for Planning) (12.06): I move:

That, unless the Speaker fixes an alternative day or hour of meeting on receipt of a request in writing from an absolute majority of Members, or the Assembly otherwise orders, the Assembly shall meet as follows for 2006:

February

14

15

16

March

7

8

9

28

29

30

May

2

3

4

9

10

11

June

6

7

8

August

15

16

17

22

23

24

September

19

20

21

October

17

18

19

November

14

15

16

21

22

23

December

12

13

14

The Assembly sitting pattern has been the subject of advice and opportunities for feedback from all members of the Assembly. I note that Mrs Burke is proposing to move an amendment, based on a request she made to me as manager of government business within the last week or so. I have advised Mrs Burke that we are, regrettably, unable to agree to those changes because of other commitments, particularly in relation to ministerial council meetings and so forth, that ministers have. It is unfortunate that Mrs Burke has chosen to move this amendment but that is her prerogative and we will deal with that in the debate.

The sitting pattern for the coming year maintains effectively the same number of sitting periods as for this year, with the exception that the government is proposing not to proceed with the regular sitting on Friday morning, given that business is being


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