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(j) any notice of motion to amend, disallow, disapprove or declare void and of no effect any instrument made under any Act of the Assembly which provides for the instrument to be subject to amendment, disallowance or disapproval of the Assembly or subject to a resolution of the Assembly declaring the instrument to be amended or void and of no effect or any other order of the day to consider such a motion.”.

(6) Standing order 79 (Matter of Public Importance) be amended until 5 May 1995 by omitting “4 hours” and substituting “2 hours”.

Essentially, these temporary orders set the sitting times and the precedence of business for Wednesday and Thursday of this week as the same as those which operated during the first and second Assemblies. I see on the daily program that there is a report of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure on the standing orders of the Assembly, and we will be dealing with that shortly. The effect of this motion is that we will put in place temporary orders for this week which acknowledge the practice of the past and allow, therefore, the Assembly to debate, presumably later this week, the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure report, and thus have a debate unfettered by the need to make changes or set in place procedures for the rest of this week.

MR BERRY (8.41): The Opposition will agree with the motion that has been put to the Assembly by Mr Humphries. He does acknowledge that in our first two Assemblies we have been able to provide to the people of the Australian Capital Territory a means of access that had not hitherto been the case. Some of the inaugural speeches mentioned the odour of this Assembly, and I think that that is unfortunate. Nevertheless, we are obliged to continue with the struggle to ensure that we earn the respect of the community.

I think the open, consultative, council-style government Mrs Carnell has promised, which, in effect, has been in existence for six years, will be welcomed out in the community; but many of them will be puzzled by the move by the Liberals, at least, to cut out part of that council style of government, that is, the night sittings that go with council styles of government.

Mrs Carnell: They sit only at night. We could cut out day sittings and then we could really be a council.

MR BERRY: No, no; just settle. It is all right. You will get used to criticism with your policies.

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