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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 15 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 5747..


Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Paper

Ms Le Couteur, by leave, tabled the following paper:

Planning and Development (Notifications and Review) Amendment Bill 2009—Explanatory statement.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 11 December 2009 to 8 February 2010 inclusive be given to all Members.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Corbell), by leave, agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent the adjournment debate for this sitting continuing past 30 minutes

Valedictory

MR SPEAKER: Before you move to adjourn the house, Mr Corbell, I believe it is the practice that the Speaker has the floor before you do. That being so, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the staff of the Legislative Assembly Secretariat for their continued high level of service to the running of our parliament through the course of the last 12 months.

I think it has been a highly successful year for the Assembly on many fronts: from behind the scenes, the innovations, including our new daily on demand internet service and our environmental performance innovations here in the building, our highly successful 20th anniversary events, and the heavy workload that we members inflict on the Secretariat through the committee process, the Chamber Support Office and many other functions that we call on them to perform on a daily basis. I thank them for their commitment to that outstanding service.

Members, you will have a chance to thank them personally tomorrow at the Speaker's end of year function, and I do trust that many of you will be able to join me on that occasion, but I would like to take this opportunity to convey my personal thanks as Speaker here on the record in the chamber to the members of the Secretariat staff.


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