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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (13 March) . . Page.. 1054..


MS TUCKER

(continuing):

make to that statement. Firstly, Winnunga Nimmityjah rooms are in Ainslie, not in O'Connor as I stated. Secondly, the committee was advised in a public hearing that Winnunga has 41 staff. However, this advice was incorrect, and the source has now revised this advice. Winnunga has only 27 staff.

Private members business notice No 9-proposed removal from the notice paper

MR CORNWELL (4.19): I seek leave to move a motion to remove private members business notice No 9 from the notice paper.

MR SPEAKER

: The clerk was notified by Mrs Cross a short time ago that she wanted that removed from the notice paper.

MR CORNWELL

: I seek leave to speak to the removal of the motion, with the Assembly's permission.

Leave not granted.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders

MR CORNWELL (16.20): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Cornwell from addressing the Assembly in relation to the removal of notice No 9 from the Notice Paper.

MR CORNWELL

: I think the matter of the removal of notice No 9 is a commendable decision by Mrs Cross.

MR SPEAKER

: Stick to the suspension, Mr Cornwell.

MR CORNWELL

: I am, sir. The reason I am stating that there is a need to remove this is that there was never any need for it to be there because of the fact that, if it was sub judice, it could not be discussed within the Assembly. However, if it was not sub judice, then there was nothing to stop anybody moving a motion to the effect that it be debated within the Assembly. Therefore, the Speaker need not be involved at all.

MR SPEAKER

: Mr Cornwell, you are going to have to stick to the reasons why you suspend the standing orders.

MR CORNWELL

: I am supporting the motion to remove the matter from the notice paper because there was no reason for it in the first place. This is my reason for suspending standing orders-so I can then address this in a more comprehensive fashion.

There was no point or purpose in its being there in the first place. I think the Assembly may have made an error in allowing this to go forward, because clearly the member who put it there was remarkably ignorant of the processes of the house. We should have noted this and advised her accordingly. I do not believe this type of thing is in the best interests of the Assembly. It does nothing for the dignity of the Assembly, the Speakership, or


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