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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4153..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

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 2007:

February

20

21

22

March

6

7

8

13

14

15

May

1

2

3

29

30

31

June

5

6

7

August

21

22

23

28

29

30

September

25

26

27

October

16

17

18

November

13

14

15

20

21

22

December

4

5

6

This pattern was circulated to members previously. Members will note there has been one change made since that circulation to bring the last sitting of the year forward one week to 4, 5 and 6 December. I commend the calendar to members.

Motion agreed to.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.41): I would like to thank the minister for tabling the sitting pattern this morning and for amending it. We had a discussion about the most appropriate week in December to have a sitting week, if we had to have one at all. I am pleased to see that the government has brought it back to the first week of December. I think that is appropriate, otherwise we were going to sit a week later than the sitting of the federal parliament. For instance, Ms Gallagher is off today for the whole day for a conference on ice in Sydney involving health ministers. It allows that sort of coordination.

As Mr Mulcahy has pointed out, there is a series of graduations, openings and closings, Christmas parties, end of school functions and all sorts of things. This week tends to be very cluttered with community activities, so I thank the government for moving that week to the first sitting week in December next year. With that, the opposition will be supporting the motion.

Motion agreed to.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 15 December 2006 to 19 February 2007 inclusive be given to all members.

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) agreed to:


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