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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2582 ..

Services) (11.29): I understand that Mr Braddock will be seeking to refer this matter to the admin and procedure committee, but I will go to the context of what Mr Hanson has debated in the chamber. He advised us that he was going to do this; we advised him that this was a matter that was before the admin and procedure committee. It had been dealt with previously; if he wishes to raise it again in admin and procedure, he can do so.

What is happening here is that Mr Hanson is trying to circumvent what is happening in admin and procedure. We know that these debates come up every now and again in admin and procedure, and the usual practice is to work through those in that process and present the outcomes to the chamber. This is, as we have told Mr Hanson, an attempt to circumvent admin and procedure.

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (11.30): I must say that face masks detract from the entertainment in this place because you could not see me smiling while you were talking, Jeremy, as you went through your arguments as to why we should consider what is basically a permanent change in response to a temporary problem. As Mr Gentleman stated, it duplicates a motion that has already been referred by this Assembly to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure—a committee on which Mr Hanson and I both have the privilege to serve, and we delight in working together.

As I am sure all members of this chamber are aware, that committee has committed to undertake a review, including of question time. Would I say that it is perfect? Not necessarily, and that is why I wish to look into it during the middle of this term, once I have had the opportunity to examine more of the procedures in this place and learn about how we can improve them. This review will pay due attention to question time and at that point it will carefully consider the merits of Mr Hanson’s argument.

By way of clarification, I am not seeking to adjourn the debate on this motion; I am seeking to refer it to admin and procedure so that it can be fully considered there. I will seek to move that this motion be referred to admin and procedure.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, there is a tad of confusion. I have before us a proposal that this motion be referred to admin and procedure. You don’t come to a sitting for a few weeks and it all goes out the window! Mr Braddock, we will need to adjourn the debate on this motion; then you will need to refer it on to admin and procedure. The question is that this motion be agreed to.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.32): In closing, Madam Speaker, I am a little bit confused about what is going on. Mr Braddock agreed to adjourn this. In the process of doing that, you do not get to speak; you stand up and adjourn the motion. That is what he agreed to do. I have been misled. Mr Braddock said one thing to me just before—

MADAM SPEAKER: I would change the language on “misled”. There is an implication in this place for individuals who mislead the Assembly.

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