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Tuesday, 3 December 1991


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.


Motion (by Mr Berry) agreed to:

That so much of standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent:

(1) Questions without notice being called on at 2.30 pm and presentation of papers, ministerial statements, by leave, and matters of public importance following in the normal routine of business;

(2) Notices Nos 3 and 4, private members' business, relating to motions of disallowance of motor traffic determinations being called on together at 5.00 pm and one question being put on both motions;

(3) If a vote is in progress at the time of interruption, that vote and a vote consequent upon that vote shall be completed and the result announced; and

(4) Debate shall be adjourned on any business interrupted and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.


Mr Berry: I would like to raise a point of order in relation to standing order 79 and the lodgment of matters of public importance. I would ask you, Mr Speaker, to take advice on this matter. Perhaps you might wish to report back later. When a matter of public importance is received by the Speaker and subsequently found to have a forged member's signature beneath the statement of the matter of public importance, is that lodgment considered to be invalid? Would the Speaker consider it a fundamental impropriety for a signature to be forged on such a lodgment?

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