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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 3107..


Working With Vulnerable People Background Checking (Fees) Determination 2012 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2012-177 (LR, 9 July 2012).

Petition—Out of order

Petition which does not conform with the standing orders—Container deposit scheme—Ms Le Couteur (111 signatures).

Assembly sittings 2012—amendment

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (12.12), by leave: I move:

That:

(1) the resolution of the Assembly of 8 December 2011 relating to the sitting pattern for 2012 be amended by omitting Wednesday, 15 August, Thursday, 16 August and Tuesday, 21 August 2012 and inserting Friday, 24 August 2012; and

(2) in relation to the sitting on Friday, 24 August 2012, standing order 74 be amended by omitting "questions without notice".

Mr Smyth: We do not have the motion before us and I would like to see the detail of the last line that the minister slipped in there about deleting question time.

MR SPEAKER: Has the motion been circulated?

MR CORBELL: It is a procedural motion, Mr Speaker. I understand Mr Smyth has a copy. Whilst he is reading that, the government is proposing, given the notice of no confidence that has been provided to the Clerk today by the Leader of the Opposition, that the Assembly will observe the established convention of seven sitting days prior to debate on that motion, which would mean the Assembly would meet again on Wednesday next week, 22 August. It would meet again on its scheduled sitting day of Thursday, 23 August and it would schedule an additional sitting day on Friday, 24 August. Recognising that Friday will be the last sitting day of the Assembly and that we are required to deal with a large number of government bills, there will be no question time on that additional day, Friday 24 August.

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (12.14): I will be very quick. Obviously, as Mr Corbell has said, each party has discussed this and agreed on how we will proceed. I will just briefly make a comment that I think the Greens are somewhat frustrated by the fact that we are not able to sit during this time. And while we understand it is convention, the standing orders can actually be interpreted in any way about what the precedent would be. It does say seven days but does not say the Assembly cannot sit.

I just want to note that we are quite frustrated by this fact that we are not during this time doing the work of the Assembly when we feel we can give due consideration to the importance of this vote of no confidence and do the work that we essentially are


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