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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 3 May 2007) . . Page.. 913 ..

Question put:

That Ms MacDonald’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Seselja

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Stefaniak

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Stefaniak) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent notice No. 2, Private Members’ business, relating to the use of audio visual and audio links in committee public and deliberative meetings, being called on forthwith.

Committees—audiovisual and audio links

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.53): I move:


when a public meeting or deliberative meeting is being conducted, an Assembly committee may resolve to conduct proceedings using audio visual or audio links with members of the committee or witness not present in one place;

if an audio visual or audio link is used, committee members and witnesses must be able to speak to and hear each other at the same time regardless of location; and

if the Chair is not present where the public hearing or deliberative meeting is being conducted, the Deputy Chair shall chair the meeting in accordance with standing order 226.

It is useful that this motion has come on immediately after the motion for the establishment of the estimates committee. It has been hanging around since last year’s estimates committee and it is the “get Karin MacDonald out of jail free” ticket. Last year, because of the intransigence of the Labor Party earlier in the piece and because a member was not present in the ACT there was no capacity to conduct a deliberative meeting of the estimates committee. This meant that Ms MacDonald had to come scurrying back from New Zealand where she had gone to a little too precipitately.

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