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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2331 ..

August 27 28 29

September 3 4 5

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November 12 13 14

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December 3 4 5

This sitting pattern has been worked out in some consultation with other members of the Assembly. It represents a 14-week sitting pattern for 1996. I indicate to the Assembly quite clearly that we are obviously prepared to discuss the emerging pattern of Assembly business - that is, Executive, private members and Assembly business, to give them their technical names - during the course of 1996. If it emerges that more or fewer sitting days are required, we are very happy to consider supporting changes to reflect that changing environment of the work of the Assembly. I might note that it is easier to add additional sitting days or weeks to the sitting program than it is to remove them once the pattern has been established. I therefore commend this motion to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Motion of Censure

MS FOLLETT (Leader of the Opposition) (11.37): Mr Speaker, I seek leave of the Assembly to move the motion that has been circulated in my name.

Leave granted.


That this Assembly censures the Treasurer for:

(1) her continued defiance of the will of the majority of the Assembly by failing to act upon the unanimous recommendations of the Estimates Committee; and

(2) the failure of the Government to live up to its promise of open and consultative government in the preparation of the 1995-96 Budget.

I move this motion with a great deal of regret that it is necessary, but I believe that it is high time this Assembly asserted its rightful authority over the Government. What we have seen here is that a committee of this Assembly, the Estimates Committee, produced a report, which was a unanimous report, making certain recommendations to

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