Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 27 October 2011) . . Page.. 5113 ..
Thursday, 27 October 2011
MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Matters of public importance
Statement by Speaker
MR SPEAKER: Members, I wish to make a statement concerning the matters of public importance lodged this morning. Six matters were lodged this morning proposing that the Assembly discuss the cost of living pressures in the ACT. This was in the same terms as a matter that was discussed by the Assembly on 23 August this year. Members may also recall the Assembly debated a private member’s motion moved by the Leader of the Opposition on 22 June this year which was about the cost of living in the ACT.
House of Representatives Practice, which we are linked to through standing order 275, states at page 580 of the fifth edition:
Speakers have attempted to avoid matters with identical wording. The Speaker has privately disallowed a matter that was substantially the same as one discussed in the same session.
Accordingly, I ruled the six matters were the same in substance as the two previous matters discussed this calendar year and, in accordance with standing order 136, those proposals were not included in the ballot for the MPI today.
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.02): Pursuant to order of the Assembly of 7 April 2011, as amended 22 September 2011, I present the following report:
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Report 8—ACT Electoral Commission Report on the ACT Legislative Assembly Election 2008 and Electoral Act amendment Bills 2011, including dissenting comments (Mrs Dunne), dated October 2011, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.
That the report be noted.
Today I have presented the report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety into the Electoral Commission report on the ACT Legislative Assembly Electoral Act 2008 and two bills to amend the Electoral Act dated 2011. As we are all aware in this place, these are important matters—how we come to elect our representatives to the Assembly, how elections are managed in all their aspects, and