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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 September 2019) . . Page.. 3842 ..


Notice No 5—private members’ business

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, just before we break for lunch I want to make a statement under standing order 136 that enables the Speaker to disallow any motion or amendment which is the same in substance as any question that has been, in this calendar year, resolved in the affirmative or negative. In exercising this discretion under the standing orders the Speaker needs to have regard to the intent of the standing order, namely, to prevent obstruction or unnecessary repetition which would consume the valuable time of the Assembly. Miss C Burch’s notice of motion is listed as notice No 5, private members’ business, on today’s notice paper and relates to network 19 bus services.

On 15 May this year the Assembly debated a motion by Miss C Burch related to network 19, in particular to school bus services. On 14 August this year the Assembly debated a motion moved by Miss C Burch which was listed on the daily program also in relation to network 19, although this motion focused on weekend bus services. Miss C Burch’s motion listed on the current notice paper also relates to network 19, covers aspects of both the previous motions relating to school bus services and weekend bus services and calls for the minister to address those issues.

In addition, on 20 August this year Miss C Burch, by leave, moved to censure the Minister for Transport and City Services in relation to bus services. The motion was debated by the Assembly and agreed to, with an amendment proposed by Ms Le Couteur.

Having carefully considered the wording of the current motion and the intent of standing order 136, I see no substantive differences between this motion and the previous motions that I have already outlined. It is my view that the current motion is the same in substance to the previous motions debated in this Assembly in relation to network 19. I therefore have decided to disallow this motion and it will not be coming on this afternoon.

Sitting suspended from 12.10 to 2.00 pm.

Questions without notice

Health—flu season

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, why did it take the government 2½ months to implement the 2019 flu strategy following an early start to the season?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Coe for the question and note that this is a question that I have answered on numerous occasions in this place. I will provide the same answer that I have before.

A number of measures to support seasonal demand were implemented prior to 11 July 2019, which I assume is the date that Mr Coe is dating the “start” response to. This


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