Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5152 ..
The Assembly voted—
Ayes 9 :Mr Coe,Mr Milligan, Mrs Dunne, Mr Parton, Mrs Jones, Mr Wall, Mrs Kikkert, Ms Lawder, Ms Lee
Noes 12 : Mr Barr, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Berry, Ms Orr, Ms J Burch, Mr Pettersson, Ms Cheyne, Mr Rattenbury, Ms Fitzharris, Mr Steel, Mr Gentleman, Ms Stephen-Smith
MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (6.04): I move amendment No 10 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 5201].
At 6.04 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the debate was interrupted. The motion for the adjournment of the Assembly having been put and negatived, the debate was resumed.
MR COE: Amendment No 10 is still relevant despite No 9 going down. Section 26(1) states that the Speaker may appoint a person who has been a judge, et cetera. Section 26(2) says that in appointing a person as commissioner, the Speaker must consider applicants mentioned in subsection (1) first and then, if there is no suitable applicant, consider other people.
I think it makes sense that they are all considered at the same time rather than having to have a recruitment process, then determine that none of them is appropriate and then do another recruitment process. It is quite possible that there could be a recruitment process at the same time. That is why I think amendment 10 is worth pursuing.
MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (6.06): Again, my advice was that these were consequential, so again, at the risk of doing drafting on the run, I am not in a position to support this at this point in time. We are opposing 9 and 10.
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (6.06): The Greens will not be supporting this. The actual proposal is to omit the words "In addition" and substitute the word "However". I had understood this to be consequential to the previous one, and I do not think it stands in its own right.
Clause 26 agreed to.