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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 25 August 2011) . . Page.. 3880 ..


the Greens, who were keen at times—and we have got it in the report that certain schools should reopen—the Greens squib at every occasion—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, Mr Smyth. It being 30 minutes after the extended time of Assembly business, the debate is interrupted in accordance with standing order 77.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.45): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent the Assembly completing its consideration of notice No 3, Assembly business.

This is a very important issue, Madam Deputy Speaker, and just to cut it off at this point would be most unfortunate. It either means that it is brought back on at a later sitting day—September, October or further on—or we can take a few minutes now and finish the debate properly. I do not believe there are too many more members who would want to speak to the issue. It is a very important issue and it should be treated with the respect that it deserves rather than simply being cut off at this point.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (11.45): The government will not support the motion. This obviously can come back for debate in September and we can vote on Ms Hunter’s amendment at that time. Nothing will change between now and then. It will still be an issue and there are other important matters on the agenda paper for today.

Question put:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent the Assembly completing its consideration of notice No 3, Assembly business.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 5

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Barr

Ms Porter

Mr Coe

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Burch

Mr Doszpot

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Ms Hunter

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

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.

In accordance with standing order 77, the resumption of the debate was made an order of the day for the next sitting.


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