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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 723..


Mr Cornwell: Some of my colleagues might like to see it adjourned.

MR SPEAKER: You can't now that he's closing.

MR HARGREAVES: They had the opportunity to stand on their feet, and they did not take it.

Mrs Dunne: I was about to. I was on my way to standing up.

MR SPEAKER: You have a problem because the mover is closing the debate, and I cannot accept motions to adjourn while that process is in place.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I have to ask to continue because I am halfway through a closing speech.

MR SPEAKER: Carry on.

MR HARGREAVES: I want to express my appreciation to the members of the committee, who worked very well on this; to the committee secretary, who did a great job; and also to the officers who came before the committee and were so frank. I congratulate the CEO, Sandra Lambert, for her leadership in this new department. It has been exemplary and many people can learn from the way she does things. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move that the debate be adjourned.

Leave not granted.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders

MRS DUNNE

(11.32): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent my moving a motion to adjourn debate.

I will speak to this so that members understand what we are on about. I was in the process of standing up-yes, I might have been a little slow-because there are members here who might wish to come back and comment on this, along with other annual reports, at some stage. The motion is that the report be noted and very often that the debate is adjourned for another time. I think that the Assembly needs the opportunity to do that.

I am happy to adjourn the debate on the report of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, which is the next cab off the rank, and I think that it is a courtesy to members that they have the opportunity to come back and comment when they have had an opportunity to read the report. That is why I would like to adjourn the debate. It is unfortunate that I have to suspend standing orders to do a simple thing like that.

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


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