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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 2741 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

that we can evaluate it, as it works. If people do enter into it with a cooperative spirit it should not be a problem. I have noticed so far in this place that this is one of the areas where, generally, people are quite fair, within the constraints of the present system, in terms of sharing the work. This is just an extension of that time - - -

Mr De Domenico: But you could always suspend standing orders to give you the same flexibility.

MS TUCKER: Mr De Domenico interjects that we could always suspend standing orders. That was always seen as being inappropriate and annoying. It took up time inappropriately. That was the response. This way we have an option to be used. We do not need to fill it up unnecessarily. Neither do you need to try to score political points, saying suddenly, "Why did you ask for this if you are not filling it up?". You would be quite justified in objecting if members were obviously trying to take up the whole day for no particular reason. Let us just see how it works. I hope it will be of benefit to this place because there is a minority government.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (5.20): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Berry: What about the Estimates Committee motion?

MR HUMPHRIES: The Chief Minister is not here. Mr Speaker, I withdraw that motion for adjournment. I will have to move the Estimates Committee motion because the Chief Minister has gone to a meeting.

MR SPEAKER: Do you seek leave to withdraw the motion?


Leave granted.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

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