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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 1 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 107..


Court Procedures Act—Attorney General (Fees) Amendment Determination 2007—Disallowable Instrument DI2007-51 (LR, 19 February 2007).

Exhibition Park Corporation Act—Exhibition Park Corporation Board Appointment 2007 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2007-40 (LR, 8 February 2007).

Health Professionals Act—

Health Professionals (Fees) Determination 2007 (No 10)—Disallowable Instrument DI2007-41 (LR, 8 February 2007).

Health Professionals Amendment Regulation 2007 (No 1)—Subordinate Law SL2007-1 (LR, 4 January 2007).

Road Transport (General) Act—Road Transport (General) (Vehicle Registration) Exemption 2007 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2007-50 (LR, 9 February 2007).

Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act—Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Amendment Regulation 2007 (No 1)—Subordinate Law SL2007-2 (LR, 24 January 2007).

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day No 1, executive business, relating to the Land (Planning and Environment) Legislation Amendment Bill 2007, being called on forthwith.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo) (5.43): Without taking up too much time, we will not be supporting this motion to suspend standing orders. There is no reason, and the government has given us no reason, as to why this bill needs to be pushed through in the manner that it is being pushed through. In particular, I would have thought that the fact that it is a retrospective piece of legislation would make it somewhat less time critical than otherwise would have been the case. I understand that at the government business meeting we were not told that it was going to come on today. We were of the understanding that private members' business was going to go ahead at this stage. For that reason, we will not support the motion.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (5.44): Mr Speaker, with this legislation the government is shifting the goalposts. It says that it has to push this amendment through today because—

MR SPEAKER: Order! The question is whether standing orders should be suspended.

DR FOSKEY: I am so sorry. I will just say that I do not support the suspension of standing orders for similar reasons to those put by Mr Seselja.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Planning) (5.45), in reply: Mr Speaker, this is an urgent matter and the government had previously flagged this matter with members in writing. I advised both the Leader of the Opposition and Dr Foskey, as the Greens' representative, of the government's intention to pursue this course of action. I did so last week, if I recall correctly, but it may have been earlier this week. Nevertheless, both of the non-government parties were advised of this course of action well ahead of time.


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