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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1422..

Standing order 155

Statement by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Before I adjourn the house, I clarify and correct some comments that I made earlier on voting. It was indicated to Dr Foskey that perhaps she could not leave her seat. That is not correct. Standing order 155 states:

A Member calling for a vote shall remain seated until after the Assembly is called and shall vote with those who, in the opinion of the Speaker, were in the minority when the voices were taken.

It is open for members to leave their seats unless they have called for a vote and it is also open for members to sit in the gallery while a vote is being cast, but members have to decide whether that is a good look or not. Once a call of the Assembly has been commenced—that is, the Clerk has been called and has risen to his feet—every member within the seats allotted to members shall vote and members may not move away from their places until a result is announced. The member presiding has a deliberative vote only.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.22 pm.

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