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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 2223..


Ms McRae: Mr Speaker, I think I had better take a point of order on this. Could you please explain to us what "as a whole" means and whether in fact we end up with this - - -

Mr Moore: The same as with a Bill.

Ms McRae: I am asking the Speaker. Mr Speaker, we are not dealing with the Bill; we are dealing with the Schedule. We are dealing with a schedule that, if it is taken as a whole, would add up to one number. I simply do not understand what Mr Moore's problem is. Given that it is a definitional problem, perhaps you could explain to us what your interpretation is.

MR SPEAKER: I am advised, Ms McRae, that if we take the Schedule as a whole each member will be able to address the Assembly only twice. You will be taking as a whole pages 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the Appropriation Bill.

Ms McRae: In total.

MR SPEAKER: In total. I am advised by the Clerk that you would be able to address individual items but you would not do it on the line-by-line basis which has been the means of debating the budget in previous Assemblies.

Mr Moore: But the divisions would still exist if passed as a whole. That is the critical point. They would still exist in the same way as clauses in a Bill taken as a whole still exist.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Moore's statement is correct, except that each member would have the opportunity to address the total Schedule only twice. Pages 5 through to 12 could be addressed by each member only twice. As Mr Kaine pointed out by interjection, which naturally was out of order, that may be a blessing in some cases. That is the situation.

Question resolved in the negative.

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (4.12): I present a corrigendum to the explanatory memorandum.

Schedule - Part II

ACT Legislative Assembly

Proposed expenditure - Division 10 - Legislative Assembly, $5,489,000

MS FOLLETT (Leader of the Opposition) (4.12): Mr Speaker, I want to address a few remarks to the question of the budget for the Legislative Assembly. I have taken note of the Estimates Committee's recommendation in their report that, in the preparation of future budgets, the Government allocate funds to the Legislative Assembly, the allocation to be determined by the Assembly Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure and advised to the Government during the budget preparation period.


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