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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . . Page.. 1327..


MR SESELJA (continuing):

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Seselja from moving an amendment.

I am not quite sure why the government does not want to debate this substantive amendment that has been circulated. It is different. This has been a moving feast this afternoon. The crossbench have gotten up—

Motion (by Mr Corbell) put:

That the question be now put.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Gentleman

Mr Pratt

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Question put:

That the standing orders be suspended.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt

Mr Gentleman

Question so resolved in the negative.

MR SPEAKER: The question now is that the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo--Leader of the Opposition) (4.51): The opposition is particularly disappointed that this motion will now see the government have a clear majority on this committee. What we have seen today is that the government, as we would have expected, do not want to be scrutinised, and the crossbench have made it clear that they do not want to scrutinise them. The combination of the two means that we will have a committee that is even more dominated by the government than we would have envisaged—in fact, even more dominated by the government than what the government had envisaged when they first put their amendments around this morning.


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