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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3332 ..

annual reports hearings next year; so there will be opportunity for those questions to be asked of the government and for accountability to be held. Therefore, two weeks of annual reports hearings, I think, is a fair substitute for the reduction in weeks when we meet.

Members interjecting—

Mr Gentleman: On a point of order, Mr Assistant Speaker, again Mr Hanson interjects. He removes his mask in order to interject in the discussion. It is unsafe under these parliamentary rules in regard to behaviour. We have clear instructions on how to speak and how to wear masks in the chamber. I ask that you ask him to leave the chamber if he cannot behave himself.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Noted, Mr Gentleman. I do note that members are allowed to take their mask off when speaking. Mr Braddock, do you have more to say?

MR BRADDOCK: I am just going to bring this one to a close by saying that the Greens will not be supporting this motion.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.55): The sitting calendar is broadly consistent with previous sitting patterns, and the government will not be supporting Mr Hanson’s amendment. The 2022 calendar as proposed in this motion supports scrutiny of the government while allowing committees time to undertake their important work in conducting inquiries and holding the government to account. As you have heard, the committee’s work will be extended next year. I commend the motion unamended to the Assembly.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 14

Mr Cain

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Mr Hanson

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Mrs Jones

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Lawder

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mr Milligan

Mr Davis

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Parton

Mr Gentleman

Ms Vassarotti

Amendment negatived.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.01 to 2 pm.

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