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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (21 September) . . Page.. 4260..


Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Corbell thereupon withdrew from the chamber.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, I did not stop the clock. I understand you had about another minute to go.

MR SESELJA: Yes, I did.

Mr Hargreaves: He's got 12 seconds.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, be quiet, please.

MR SESELJA: I think it is up to the Assistant Speaker. I am at the mercy of the Assistant Speaker.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Could we reset the clock for a minute please, Clerk, to give Mr Seselja the minute that was remaining. I should have stopped the clock and I did not. Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Madam Assistant Speaker.

Mr Hargreaves: Madam Assistant Speaker, I move dissent from the chair's ruling.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Could you stop the clock please? I do not know that I have made a ruling. Sorry, I asked the Clerk to do something. I did not make a ruling.

Mr Hargreaves: All right then, Madam Assistant Speaker, I move dissent from the direction you gave to the Clerk.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I do not know that that is a valid motion.

Ms Gallagher: Madam Assistant Speaker, may I ask a question, just on clarification and information for us? On what basis can you unilaterally extend the time given to someone? It is merely a question. That is what I ask.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Sorry, I am not intending to extend Mr Seselja's time. He had about a minute and a half on the clock. I did not stop the clock in the kerfuffle. It was a lapse on my part and I am giving back some of the time that Mr Seselja had to run. The speaking limits are in the standing orders. They set out the times. Mr Seselja had 10 minutes to conclude the debate. He had about a minute and a half of that time to run. It is reasonable to allow him the time that is in the standing orders, and that is the basis on which I asked. Because I did not stop the clock, I have given back to Mr Seselja about two-thirds of the remaining time that he had.

Ms Gallagher: And with respect, Madam Assistant Speaker, and again for further clarification, normal practice in this place is that the clock runs down unless it is


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