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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 June 2021) . . Page.. 1655 ..


centre, and actively encouraging employment in the Gungahlin town centre. I commend the amended motion to the Assembly.

Amendment agreed to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (5.28): Madam Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion. I circulated it in my name but forgot to write my name on it, although I signed it.

Leave granted.

MS ORR: I move:

That:

(1) the Assembly recently considered a motion relating to a matter that was also the subject of an inquiry before an Assembly committee;

(2) the conventions and practices around the interaction between Assembly and the operations of Assembly committees are not well defined, and

(3) this Assembly refers to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure whether standing orders need to be made to cover the interaction between motions moved in the Assembly that relate to active committee inquiries, and any other related matter.”

My motion requests a referral to the admin and procedure committee to look at some questions that have come up around the moving of motions and committee inquiries. We have had a fair bit of advice, but we are still working through some of those issues. It will mean that in the future members can make decisions with a higher level of clarity.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (5.29): Madam Speaker, we are not going to oppose this motion, but I would make the point that it is probably unnecessary. This place has operated pretty well with clarity, and what has happened today is the aberration. If you decide to suspend standing orders, trample all over them and go on a funky new adventure, then you end up in these sorts of places. Now not only is a substantive matter being looked at in a committee but we are going to refer what happened today—the debacle of this whole matter being adjourned and put before a committee—to the process as well.

We will not oppose the motion, but the issue is not necessarily a problem with standing orders. We do not go into this process as the opposition thinking that there is a need to change standing orders to fix up the problems of today. It is a salutary lesson for members of this place to make sure that we adhere to the protocols of this place and the standing orders and do not make things up as we go along that necessitate potentially trampling all over committee business.


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