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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1017..


MS PORTER (continuing):

are already in existence in the ACT. I recommend that members acquaint themselves with those. I thank members for their participation in this debate and I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Motion agreed to.

Road Transport (Alcohol and Drugs) (Random Drug Testing) Amendment Bill 2009

Debate resumed from 9 December 2009, on motion by Mr Hanson:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Motion (by Mr Hargreaves) proposed:

That debate be adjourned.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (3.51): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent debate on the motion to adjourn debate being debated.

Mr Rattenbury: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, I think we have to take Mr Hargreaves's motion first; then Mr Hanson has to seek a suspension.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): Excuse me for a minute, members. The Clerk needs to advise me as to which way we go next. Mr Hanson, I am advised that your motion to suspend standing orders is the one that we should be debating now.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, I have not quite followed, Madam Assistant Speaker. Mr Hargreaves has moved to have the debate adjourned. Have you put the question in relation to that?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: No. My advice from the Clerk is that the only time really that the suspension of standing orders makes sense is before the vote has actually happened.

Mr Corbell: I see. Thank you, Madam Assistant Speaker.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Therefore it goes first; otherwise it just does not make sense.

MR HANSON: I think it is important that we at least debate why we are not going to be debating this bill that is on the table today. I do understand that the Greens and Labor will be adjourning the bill and that it is a fait accompli. But I think it is important to have this debate. It is out there in the community. People were expecting


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