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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1029..


from the Legislative Assembly library for their assistance with the inquiry and also our committee secretary, Margie Morrison, who did so much work.

As you will see in the minutes tabled, Madam Speaker, the committee was presented with a report by the chair. The report was looked into but, when the final motion was put for the report to be adopted, that motion was lost. Therefore, according to the standing orders that were amended by Mr Smyth's motions earlier on, I present that statement.

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) (10.04): It is disappointing that, once again, we see some members on the other side of this chamber seeking to disrupt the business of the committees by deliberately obstructing the passage of an Assembly inquiry into an important piece of legislation. I understand from a review of the minutes that it would appear that the opposition members of this committee have supported each and every one of the paragraphs proposed by Mr Gentleman in his draft chair's report but have then chosen not to support the committee report as a whole and I find that quite extraordinary, Madam Speaker. Because if it is the case that no objection was raised by Mr Coe and Mr Wall to each of the paragraphs in the draft chair's report—

Mr Smyth: How did you get the minutes?

MR CORBELL: The minutes are online and they are available, Madam Speaker. The government is concerned that members of the opposition are deliberately obstructing the business of this place.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order members!

MR CORBELL: I ask Mr Smyth to withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER: Order members! I heard someone on the opposition benches use the word "mislead". I couldn't hear who he was, so the person who used the word "mislead"would you withdraw.

Mr Smyth: I simply interjected: "have you misled?". I am happy to withdraw. The question hangs doesn't it.

MADAM SPEAKER: There is question time for those matters Mr Smyth.

Mr Coe: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, I draw your attention to standing order 202, disorder by a member, and I inquire as to whether Minister Corbell has in effect disregarded the will of this place with regard to committee practice by quoting minutes which I do not believe have been distributed, nor are online. Therefore, I wonder whether he is actually in breach of the standing orders.


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