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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 14 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 4409..


Legislative Assembly—sitting pattern 2014

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (12.03): I seek leave to amend notice No 4 which has been circulated in my name in the terms circulated in the revised document.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I move:

That, unless the Speaker fixes an alternative day or hour of meeting on receipt of a request in writing from an absolute majority of Members, or the Assembly otherwise orders, the Assembly shall meet as follows for 2014:

February 25 26 27 March 18 19 20 April 8 9 10 May 6 7 8 13 14 15 June 3 4 5 August 5 6 7 12 13 14 September 16 17 18 23 24 25 October 21 22 23 28 29 30 November 25 26 27

This morning I have circulated a revised motion which sets out a proposed sitting calendar for the 2014 Assembly sitting year. This differs from the version I circulated to members earlier in the week. It includes an additional sitting week and a change to the pattern for the October and November sittings. The calendar proposes 13 sitting weeks, consistent with the number of sitting weeks for this year. Secondly, it proposes a double-sitting fortnight in October, including the weeks of 28, 29 and 30 October, and omits a double-sitting week in November, ensuring there is only one sitting week in November at the conclusion of the sitting calendar year.

The government has close regard to the business of the Assembly as a whole in setting the sitting calendar. This sitting calendar is equivalent to the sitting calendar for this calendar year, and the government is confident it will provide the time necessary for the conduct of all of the Assembly's business. I commend the calendar to members.


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