Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008-2009 Week 1 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 301..
Assembly sittings 2009
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.44): I move:
That, unless the Speaker fixes an alternative day or hour of meeting on receipt of a request in writing from an absolute majority of Members, or the Assembly otherwise orders, the Assembly shall meet as follows for 2009:
*Evening sitting—7.30 pm to 10 pm
I seek members' leave to make a small amendment to my motion. Currently the date 5 May has an asterisk appended to it, denoting an evening sitting. The date of 5 May will be budget day. It is not usual for the Assembly to sit after the completion of the Treasurer's presentation speech, and I seek members' leave to omit the asterisk against 5 May in the table.
MR CORBELL: I thank members. This sitting calendar was circulated to members last week, and I did seek the advice of members on their preferences. I thank the Greens for their response and their feedback. In response to that, I have amended the pattern that was previously circulated, to include a sitting in the week with the dates 10, 11 and 12 February.
As members would be aware, the government also agreed, in its agreement with the Greens, that we would schedule a regular evening sitting. That is shown by the asterisk against the dates identified in the pattern, being a Tuesday evening.
Can I indicate that I note that Mr Hanson has circulated quite a comprehensive amendment. This is not an amendment on which he has given any previous notice to me, certainly not as of the beginning of the sitting this morning. That was despite my repeated requests yesterday to the Liberal Party to provide me with any information on their views as to the sitting pattern and despite my requests last week in similar vein.