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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2350..


MR DE DOMENICO (continuing):

Mr Speaker, I believe that a national memorial is a great way to pay our respects to outstanding Australians, and that the most appropriate place for that memorial is here in the ACT. The Federal Government agrees. Jeff Kennett thought it was such a good idea that he moved straightaway to create his own vision in Victoria. I hope that the Leader of the Opposition and her colleagues will come out of their bunker and fall into line with the rest of the country and the rest of the world and see the sense of this proposal, unlike her would-be successors.

Budget Amendments

MR OSBORNE: Under standing order 116, I wish to ask Mr Moore a question about a public matter connected with the business of the Assembly, namely, his well-publicised proposed amendments to the Appropriation Bill to move $3.8m from the Treasurer's Advance to government schooling. I have given Mr Moore a little bit of notice about this, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Why do you not just lean over and ask him?

MR OSBORNE: Are you aware, Mr Moore, of any precedent in which attempts have been made to protect education in the Territory through motions or amendments, and are the current attempts consistent with previous attempts in this Assembly?

MR SPEAKER: Order! Standing order 116 says:

Questions may be put to a Member, not being a Minister, relating to any bill, motion, or other public matter connected with the business of the Assembly, of which the Member has charge.

There is no question that Mr Moore has charge of some amendments that he is proposing. However, standing order 117(f) states:

Questions may be asked to elicit information regarding business pending on the Notice Paper but discussion must not be anticipated; ...

If you attempt to anticipate discussion on the Appropriation Bill, Mr Moore, you will be ruled out of order immediately.

MR MOORE: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I wish you luck.

MR MOORE: Indeed, Mr Speaker. I shall not be doing that.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. I think Mr Moore is in a bit of panic mode at the moment.

Mr De Domenico: No, he is sitting down calmly. You are on your feet.


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