Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 2 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 625..
with Mr Smyth's office last week when he and his staff were told that there was a view in our party room that the PAC report had not been responded to and that we felt that that needed to happen first. In fact, my staff member went to talk to Mr Smyth yesterday at around 5 pm, but there was not anyone in his office. That is why Mr Smyth was told in this chamber this morning by my staff member—
Mr Smyth: No, that's not true; I left the building at about 20 past five. That's not true.
MS HUNTER: I will stand by my staff member who has passed this on to Mr Smyth this morning. We support the adjournment of this legislation.
MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (3.49): I will not take very long. As I indicated when I sought the adjournment for a later hour this day, I acknowledge the points that Mr Smyth has made and that you made yourself, Madam Assistant Speaker, and I apologise for the inconvenience to the chamber. I do not think there is much else that I can do other than that. I am not trying to duck responsibility for it. I decided to bring it forward because quite clearly those opposite and the crossbench are prepared to debate it at this time and, on reflection, it is not fair to them. So we will do it.
That notice No. 2, Private Members' business, relating to organ and tissue donation, be called on forthwith.
The Assembly voted—
Ayes 10: Mr Barr Ms Bresnan Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Hargreaves Ms Hunter Ms Le Couteur Mr Rattenbury Mr Stanhope
Noes 5: Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mr Seselja Mr Smyth
Question so resolved in the affirmative.
Organ and tissue donation
MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (3.52): I move:
That this Assembly:
(a) that 98 per cent of Australians agree that organ and tissue donation has the potential to save and improve lives;
(b) that around 1 700 people are currently on Australian organ transplant waiting lists;
(c) that, on average, people on the transplant list can wait between six months and four years;