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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 6 Hansard (21 June) . . Page.. 2161..


Members interjecting—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Order, members! Ms Hunter has the floor. No conversations across the chamber.

MS HUNTER: Thank you, Mr Assistant Speaker. I think that we can accommodate that within the sitting week and therefore we will not be supporting Mrs Dunne's motion.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (7.58) in reply: This again shows the lack of command that the manager of government business has over the business of this place.

Members interjecting—

MRS DUNNE: He is the person responsible, charged by the government—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Order! Mr Seselja and Mr Corbell! Please do not duel across the chamber. Mrs Dunne has the floor.

MRS DUNNE: The manager of government business is charged by the government of the day with getting the business through in a businesslike way. We are now hearing from Ms Hunter, who is always much more privy to the thinking of the government than the members of the opposition are, that the main game today is to get to the Planning and Development (Lease Variation Charges) Amendment Bill. If that was the case, if that was the main game, why didn't the manager of government business list it first? And why do all of these things, which to other members of the Assembly may be equally important, have to be put aside because Mr Corbell again cannot manage the business of the day?

Mr Corbell has put too much on the program. He cannot manage it. The opposition made offers to extend government business after the conclusion of private members' business tomorrow. That was declined.

Mr Hanson: Before government business.

MRS DUNNE: Sorry, before government business. I misunderstood.

Members interjecting—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Order, members! Mrs Dunne has the floor.

MRS DUNNE: We are now in a situation where the minister, again Mr Corbell, cannot get the business through and then behaves in a churlish fashion, coming across the chamber and not saying, "Would you mind if we did this?"but saying, "We are going to do it and you can suck it in or get on with business."

Mr Corbell: That is right, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Yes, that is right. He has admitted that that is the way he behaves.


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