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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2507 ..

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: I know it is early in the morning and people have been here for a long time, but I think the intention of my motion ought to be quite clear. Mr Moore moved for the suspension of standing orders. I moved that that motion be put. That means that it should be put without debate. I mean exactly that.

MR SPEAKER: That is correct, and I have ruled that the ayes have it.

Mr Moore: Yes, and I have said that the noes have it.

A vote having been called for and the bells being rung -

Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to withdraw my call for a vote.

Leave granted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

MR MOORE (1.35 am): I move:

That the Speaker's ruling on the amendment be dissented from.

Mr Speaker, I emphasise that I move this motion not as a dissent from your position as Speaker but to test the ruling you have just given that my amendment is out of order. Considering the time of night, it may be better for us just to vote on this matter.

Question resolved in the negative.

MR SPEAKER: The question before the Chair is: That the proposed expenditure of $206,624,000, in Division 180, Government Schooling, be agreed to.

Ms McRae: Mr Speaker, on a point of clarification: In 1993 there was an amendment moved to the Appropriation Bill which referred to "this Act and no other Act". It related to reduced teacher numbers. The critical wording was "and no other Act". The point of clarification I need before we go into this debate is whether that amendment is still live. I understand about the long title of the Bill, but the specific amendment did refer to any other Act and, in my opinion, therefore is still live. I would like clarification from you because this might be already law, in which case all this pain about dissent is not necessary.

MR SPEAKER: I am advised by the Clerk that that Act is no longer effective, Ms McRae.

Ms McRae: Why not?

MR SPEAKER: It has been superseded.

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