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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . . Page.. 1330..


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.

Question put:

That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

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.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

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 Water Resources (Validation of Fees) Bill 2008 and the presentation of Report No 6 of the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young People, being called on forthwith.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.05): Mr Speaker, there is clearly a routine set out in the standing orders that was in fact validated by this place in the March sittings when we adopted the new standing orders. The routine of the house, as outlined in the notice paper, is questions without notice, presentation of papers and the discussion of a matter of public importance. The winner of the lottery for the MPI today, the issue of homeless in the ACT, is a very important issue and I believe we should be bringing it on. If the government, through their stupidity and their calling of the gag on votes and on members, have wasted about 40 minutes, that is the government's problem and the house should be allowed to continue with its business. If the government are not interested in the issue of homelessness, that is their problem; they do not have to speak to the MPI.


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