Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 14 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 4414..
The Assembly voted—
Ayes 8: Mr Coe Ms Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall
Noes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury
Question so resolved in the negative.
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) (12.23), in reply: Very briefly, I note the comments made in the debate by the Leader of the Opposition. He says there is the convention that only the minister and the shadow minister speak. No, the convention is that only the minister and the shadow minister lead the debate, but other members are not here just to vote; they are here to debate. And I can recall plenty of moments when Mr Gentleman, Ms Porter, Dr Bourke and Ms Berry have all risen to speak about government bills. But apparently we are so busy that there is not enough time for every member of the opposition to speak on the marriage equality bill. Apparently there is just not enough time for the debate.
This really highlights the contradictions in Mr Hanson's argument and the fact that the reality is that most of the Liberal opposition just do not debate in this place. Is it any wonder that the government gets through its business in a prompt fashion?
But that said, I thank members for their consideration of this motion and I commend the sitting calendar to the Assembly.
Motion agreed to.
Freedom of Information Bill 2013—exposure draft
Papers and statement by member
MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo): I seek leave to present an exposure draft of the Freedom of Information Bill 2013 and a draft explanatory statement and to make a statement in relation to the papers.
Leave not granted.
Motion (by Mr Rattenbury) proposed:
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Rattenbury from presenting an exposure draft of the Freedom of Information Bill 2013, together with a draft explanatory statement and to make a statement in relation to the papers.