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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 8 Hansard (6 August) . . Page.. 2899..


Wednesday, 6 August 2008

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

MR SPEAKER: Members, particularly Dr Foskey, I draw your attention to standing order 29, which reads as follows:

A Member shall not be permitted to withdraw from the Chamber within 5 minutes after the time appointed for the meeting of the Assembly unless a quorum is obtained.

To be here and go when a quorum is being called is in conflict with that standing order.

Matter of public importance

Speaker's ruling

MR SPEAKER: I draw members' attention to a lodgement by Ms Porter this morning of an MPI concerning building a better city and a stronger community. House of Representatives Practice, 5th edition, stipulates, at page 578, that a matter submitted "must be definite—that is single, specific and precise in its wording". It also requires the Speaker "to have regard to the extent to which the matter concerns the administrative responsibilities of Ministers". As the MPI initially submitted by Ms Porter did not meet these requirements, I have asked Ms Porter to amend her MPI so that it conforms to the provisions set out in House of Representatives Practice, 5th edition. A supplementary daily program is being circulated with the amended MPI.

Petitions

The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Planning—Gungahlin

By Mrs Burke, from 217 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory.

The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly the remarkable lack of commonsense in planning and distinct lack of effective consultation from ACT agencies, and the Stanhope Government, toward Gungahlin businesses. This petition also concedes that the ACT Government has taken far too long to secure both Federal and Territory Government Agencies to the Gungahlin area.


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