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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3375 ..


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Sub judice convention

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: I wish to make a statement concerning the application of the sub judice continuing resolution of the Assembly. This convention, as described in the sixth edition of House of Representatives Practice, is, and I quote:

... subject to the right of the House to legislate on any matter, matters awaiting adjudication in a court of law should not be brought forward in debate, motions or questions.

Continuing resolution 10 of the Assembly provides that the Assembly shall apply certain rules where sub judice matters arise.

I note that in Mr Wall's notice No 1 mention is made of criminal charges laid against the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union and its ACT divisional branch secretary for alleged cartel conduct in the ACT. As this matter is before the courts, I would ask that, in addressing this motion, members avoid canvassing issues that may affect that court case.

Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union

MR WALL (Brindabella) (10.02): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the criminal charges laid against the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) and its ACT Divisional Branch Secretary for alleged cartel conduct in the ACT; and

(b) the formal affiliation between the CFMMEU and the ACT Labor Party; and

(2) calls on ACT Labor Members of the Assembly to suspend all affiliations with the CFMMEU.

As members can, I am sure, hear, I am struggling with my voice today. I will keep my remarks short, noting that other members of the opposition will be speaking on this motion as well.

It is no secret that members of the Labor Party—in fact, the Labor Party itself—have a very close affiliation with the CFMMEU. The influence that the CFMMEU has over


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