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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 March 2010) . . Page.. 964 ..


The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 4

Mr Barr

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Coe

Ms Bresnan

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: The result of the division is ayes 8 and noes 4; therefore, the question is resolved in the affirmative. Ms Bresnan.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker, my understanding is that the suspension of standing orders requires an absolute majority—that is, nine votes.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: That is right.

The Deputy Speaker declared that the motion had not been carried as an absolute majority of members had not voted in its favour as required by standing order 272.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.22): I am seeking the call on the substantive motion, Madam Deputy Speaker.

Mrs Dunne: Actually, I have the call.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury.

MR RATTENBURY: I think we have just seen a terrible waste of time when it would have been very simple to have simply granted Ms Bresnan leave to speak again. But we can play by the rules as you like, and I will just stand up and deliver Ms Bresnan’s comments. The Liberal Party in the process have confected their outrage; they have wasted 10 or 15 minutes of discussion time.

Mr Hanson: What are you doing now?

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury, are you speaking to the—

MR RATTENBURY: I am. I think it is—

Mr Hanson: Stop wasting time, Mr Rattenbury.

MR RATTENBURY: There is the pot calling the kettle black, Mr Hanson. It is disappointing that the Liberals will not be supporting the amendment put forward by Ms Bresnan to Mr Hanson’s motion. As Ms Bresnan said a number of times in her speech, and as I understand she told Mr Hanson directly, the Greens have talked to many of the key support groups involved with cancer services in the ACT, one of which we represented and assisted with in individual cases being discussed today.

We spoke to Bosom Buddies, the prostate cancer support group and Cancer Voices, along with the Health Care Consumers Association of the ACT. These are all


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