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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 May 1995) . . Page.. 677 ..


(2) on the Committee presenting its report to the Assembly, resumption of debate on the question “That this Bill be agreed to in principle” be set down as an order of the day for the next sitting.

Mr Speaker, I believe that members have agreed to this process, and I do not think it requires any great debate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

PRIVATE MEMBERS BUSINESS – PRECEDENCE

Suspension of Standing Orders

MS HORODNY (5.28): Mr Speaker, I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the private members business order of the day relating to the corporatisation of ACTION being called on forthwith.

Mr Speaker, I believe that the debate that occurred this morning on the corporatisation of ACTION highlighted the importance of dealing with this motion now, for a number of reasons; and I will briefly go into them. The Government obviously has a desire to progress this matter quite quickly. Therefore, I believe that it is appropriate for the Assembly to vote on this motion so that it can inform the Government as to how it believes that it should proceed. Furthermore, I believe that, on an issue that is as important as this one, it makes good sense to debate it in a single block of time and not have the debate broken up over a three-week period.

MR BERRY (5.29): The Opposition will agree with the suspension of standing orders.

MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services) (5.29): And so will the Government.

Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

A.C.T.I.O.N. - CORPORATISATION

Debate resumed.

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (5.29): Mr Speaker, I find the comments that Ms Horodny just made actually quite interesting. The comment that she made was that we were progressing this issue quite quickly. That sounded somehow like we were planning to corporatise or do something absolutely remarkable in the next few weeks, before June, when we are sitting next. Nothing could be further from the truth.


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