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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 10 Hansard (16 October) . . Page.. 2973..

Mr Gentleman: You weren't here. We were talking about it before, but you were ejected. Don't you remember?

MRS DUNNE: Mrs Burke had not finished her remarks. Those remarks would automatically continue, as is always the practice in this place, except when the Chief Minister and the manger of opposition business have a hissy fit.

Question put.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Burke

Mr Pratt

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Dr Foskey

Mr Smyth

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Mulcahy

The Speaker having declared that the motion had not been carried as an absolute majority of Members had not voted in its favour, as required by standing order 272—

Question so resolved in the negative.

Working Families in the Australian Capital Territory—Select Committee


Debate resumed.

MRS BURKE (Molonglo) (5.21): Before the Assembly rose—

Mr Gentleman: I raise a point of order. My understanding is that Mrs Burke's time to speak in this debate has expired.

MRS BURKE: No. I have six minutes and 52 seconds, thank you.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: You have six minutes 52 seconds, I am advised, Mrs Burke.

MRS BURKE: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I could have done this 10 times over but for the churlishness of the government. Before the Assembly rose for lunch, I was mentioning the Northern Territory Workplace Advocate. The Northern Territory Workplace Advocate was established in early May 2006 and, as of 31 January 2007, it has received 225 inquiries, which is an average of less than one a day. It does not seem that the Northern Territory Workplace Advocate has been rushed off its feet. Therefore, an ACT workplace advocate would be a toothless tiger, as opposed to the federal Workplace Authority, which has powers to act. It would be a waste of time and money to set up.

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