Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 12 Hansard (29 October) . .
I put forward this proposal simply as a great opportunity to hear directly from the community about what they consider to be a matter of public importance and having them put some issues on the agenda that we might not consider. Even in a representative democracy members are still somewhat of a filter. I think it is a shame that members have not supported this but it is not the end of the world. We will all still be out there in the community having those discussions on a pretty regular basis. This opportunity was only to allow people to propose discussion topics. There was no dictating of the discussion. Of course there is no vote on an MPI.
That was why I felt it was a space to have an opportunity for the community to be more participative in the processes of the Assembly whilst allowing members the ability to still get a spot up on Tuesdays. But I accept that other members are not supportive of the idea. I thank them for their discussions both in the administration and procedure committee and here today.
Sitting pattern 2016
MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for the Arts) (11.51): 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 2016:
I will be quite brief on this and say it is a very sound and good looking sitting pattern and I hope it is endorsed by the Assembly.
MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.51): The minister might be shocked that perhaps some do not think as she does. I just bring to the attention of members that the sitting pattern for next year lists only eight sitting weeks. Before the end of August this year we had nine sitting weeks. So it is one week fewer than we had this year.
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