Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 12 Hansard (29 October) . .
That the Assembly today has agreed to take on a lead role by allowing interpreters onto the floor of the Assembly as a matter of course rather than it being seen as a privilege or a gift within the hands or at the whim of the government is something to be celebrated. I know that many of my friends in the deaf community will very much welcome this decision today. I would like to thank the committee and the members of the Assembly for their consideration of the motion and their support of the motion to amend a standing order today. Thank you also to interpreter Mandy for coming in today at reasonably short notice; I look forward to, hopefully, seeing more interpreters on the floor of the Assembly. Once more, thank you very much, members, for your consideration of this change to the standing orders.
Motion agreed to.
Standing orders—matters of public importance
Debate resumed from 24 September 2015, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:
That the following standing orders be amended:
(1) Omit standing order 79, substitute:
"79. A Member may propose to the Speaker that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion on a sitting day that occurs on a Tuesday. Written notice of the matter shall be given to the Speaker not less than 1 ½ hours before the time fixed for the meeting of the Assembly; if the Speaker determines that the matter is in order, it shall be submitted to the Assembly. If more than one matter is proposed for the same day, the Speaker shall determine by lot before the commencement of the sitting the matter to be submitted to the Assembly for discussion that day.".
(2) Insert new standing order 79A:
"79A. Members of the public may write to the Speaker proposing matters of public importance to be discussed on sitting days that occur on a Thursday. Such proposals must be received by the Speaker by 11am on the Tuesday before the scheduled Thursday sitting. If the Speaker determines that the matter is in order, the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure will consider at a meeting on a sitting Tuesday matters that have been submitted to the Speaker in the 3 months prior to the meeting, and may choose one matter for discussion.".
(3) Insert new standing order 69(ga):
"(ga) Matter of public importance (under standing order 79A)
Whole debate..............................................................45 minutes
Any member................................................................10 minutes".
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