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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 69 ..

very cold and sometimes a bit lonely two and a half week period that has otherwise been in the middle of the year.

I want to support Minster Rattenbury’s comments about the report from the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure, given that we were the members that were on it. I do believe that that is what that recommendation is intended to reflect—those comments that Minister Rattenbury has just made.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (12.03), by leave: Following those speeches, it is really disappointing. Here we are, the great champions of Latimer House principles, and you are failing at the first test. They come into this place with the great rhetoric—we just heard it from their inaugural speeches, did we not—“no vested interests”, “We’re here to shed light” and “collaboration”. This is the opportunity to do that. You failed at the first test. And there is Ms Cheyne, the champion of committees in the last Assembly. Now that she is a minister, I bet she has changed her tune from two months to six months.

It is very clear that the lesson from unicameral parliaments, Queensland and New Zealand, is six months. So to talk about the Senate, as Mr Rattenbury did, as the example—yes, it might go for six to eight weeks to the committee of the Senate, but that Senate then debates it separately in a separate chamber. That is the whole point. How long does that process take?

I am not surprised that those opposite come in here with their lofty ideals, with their speeches about the Latimer House principles, with their talk about collaborations and the importance of committees—and at the first hurdle you lot fail.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 14

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lee

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Parton

Mr Gentleman

Ms Orr

Amendment negatived.

Original question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.09 to 2.00 pm.

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