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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 9 Hansard (20 September) . . Page.. 2998..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

The standing orders make provision for tabling of documents. Ms MacDonald has used a document and quoted from it, presumably at my expense, and it would be useful if it were tabled.

Ms MacDonald: Mr Speaker, I seek your guidance. I do not have an issue with tabling the document. It is a document from my staff member to Mr Peebles. It outlines the discussion, as it occurs from 5 September. There is discussion about other things. I do not have a major issue with tabling it, but—

MR SPEAKER: If the Assembly passes the motion, it would offend the Assembly mightily if you refused to table it. But if the Assembly decides to reject the motion then it does not have to be tabled. It is a matter for the Assembly to decide.

Ms MacDonald: On that basis, I am happy to table it.

MR SPEAKER: You will need leave to table the document. You may agree to the motion. That will sort it out.

MRS DUNNE: It is easier to put the motion.

MR SPEAKER: The Clerk explains that if you get leave to table the document the motion is irrelevant. And as the motion is the property of the Assembly, you may well require leave to withdraw the motion. It gets complicated, doesn't it? It might be just as easy to put the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Ms MacDonald: I table the following paper:

Request for a pair—copy of emails between the offices of Mr Barr and Ms MacDonald.

Bushfires

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (6.07): I want to take the opportunity to correct, once again, some assumptions that were made about the Greens by Mr Pratt. I think the Glenn report and the McBeth report were referred to. If we go back to the Hansard of 19 November 1996, we see that Lucy Horodny, in speaking to the bushfire bills, says the opposite of what Mr Pratt believes the Greens say. We get a little bit sick of hearing that the Greens are responsible for the conditions that produce fires, et cetera. Ms Horodny said:

Mr Speaker, the Greens will support these Bills. We note that the Bills implement the recommendations of the task force on fuel management practices—

There is no reason for me to read this out. It is in the Hansard of 19 November 1996. I can hear the usual mirth over in that corner. I have come to the conclusion that no-one really listens to the speeches that people make in this place. They are more inclined to be making smart comments to each other or interjecting across the room or just having


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