Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 24 November 2005) . . Page.. 4666 ..
has been unable to attend committee meetings, then that is an entirely reasonable and valid argument for him to make and one that I personally accept.
There is no reason why members should choose to put issues to do with their families or their own personal health ahead of or behind their responsibilities as members. If we do not look after ourselves and our families, we are not able to conduct ourselves appropriately in this place. That does not necessarily mean that the government will simply not question members’ commitment or engagement on Assembly matters. The opposition do it to the government and the government will do it to the opposition. I acknowledge the comments Mr Seselja made in relation to his absences for family reasons and thank him for drawing those issues to my attention. He made a valid point and it is one I certainly respect.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
The Assembly adjourned at 6.23 pm until Tuesday, 13 December 2005 at 10.30 am.