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Finally, schedule 3 of the bill includes amendments of acts and regulations that have been reviewed as part of an ongoing program of updating and improving the language and form of legislation. These amendments are explained in the explanatory notes and are routine technical matters, such as the correction of minor errors, including typographical errors and outdated cross-references, updating language, updating and omitting notes, removing redundant provisions and omitting and renumbering paragraphs.

The bill, while minor and technical in nature, is another important building block in the development of a modern and accessible ACT statute book that is at the forefront in Australia. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Cain) adjourned to the next sitting.

Standing order 113A—amendment

Debate resumed from 16 September 2021, on motion by Mr Hanson:

That standing order 113A be amended by omitting “all non-Executive Members seeking to speak have asked at least one question” and substituting “nine original questions have been asked by any Opposition Member, and other non-Executive Members seeking to speak have asked at least one question.”.

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (11.54): We have had a long history with this motion in the Assembly. It has been agreed that, rather than continuing to have a long discussion about this motion in the Assembly, we will deal with this single matter and then deal with other standing order changes through the standing order review, as we would normally throughout the term. I move the following amendment circulated in my name:

Omit all words after “That”, substitute:

“standing order 113A be amended by omitting all words and substituting:

‘questions without notice shall not be concluded until non-Executive Members seeking to ask a question have asked at least the number of questions equivalent to the number of non-Executive Members present in the Chamber from each party or grouping represented in the Assembly.’ ”.

This amendment has been through the admin and procedure committee and has the support, I understand, of all groups and parties of the Assembly. It will meet Mr Hanson’s objectives in his original motion, while still maintaining a lot of the conventions and principles that we have within this place around question time. I look forward to our changed question time, knowing that we will all be working under this new consensus model.

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (11.56): We agree with the amendment moved by Ms Orr to the standing order change and will be supporting that today.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (11.56): To speak to the amendment and to close, I thank the admin and procedure committee for coming to an agreement on this

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