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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 20 October 2011) . . Page.. 4760 ..


are prepared to sit late. But no, it is always the Labor Party and the Greens who want to go home and everyone wants to knock off early today.

We have not done any work today. There is a reason for that. But the day is not so special that our responsibilities as legislators have to go completely out the door. There are forms in the standing orders, and the standing orders apply. If someone puts in an MPI, the MPI gets listed. That is how it works.

Today is the day we have Assembly business. It is always the case that we have Assembly business. We had the discussion about how long Mr Doszpot’s item would take. Seeing that it is part heard, there was general agreement that it should not take very long. There was also a high level of commitment from Mr Doszpot and, I understand, from the Greens to have this matter dealt with today.

It was never an either/or thing. There was a discussion about whether it could be an either/or thing and I made it very clear, as soon as possible after I had discussed it with my colleagues, that the Canberra Liberals did not believe it should be an either/or thing, that we should do all the business of the day. This is why we are not supporting the suspension of standing orders and bringing on executive business. For the most part—

MR SPEAKER: The time for debate has expired.

Question put:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Executive business being called on forthwith.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Ms Gallagher

Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

Business Names Registration (Transition to Commonwealth) Bill 2011

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.28): I move:


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