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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (5 September) . . Page.. 3197 ..

Mr Moore (continuing):

with them separately is that I can see that some members may feel that my amendment to paragraph (b) would allow the debate to go on for too long. They may not be happy with that, but I think that most would be content to ensure that we have adequate time for the in-principle debate.

Question put:

That the amendment (Mr Moore's) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 8	 	NOES, 9

Mr Berry	Mrs Carnell
Ms Follett	Mr Cornwell
Ms McRae	Mr De Domenico
Mr Moore	Mr Hird
Mr Osborne	Ms Horodny
Ms Reilly	Mr Humphries
Mr Whitecross	Mr Kaine
Mr Wood		Mr Stefaniak
		Ms Tucker

Question so resolved in the negative.

MR SPEAKER: I ask that there be no interjections during divisions. It makes it very difficult for the Clerk. Mr Moore, is it your wish to move your amendment to paragraph (b)?

MR MOORE (5.30): Yes, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: You will need leave to do so, because the time for the discussion has expired.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, rather than ask for leave, I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Moore from moving a second amendment to the motion concerning the allotment of time.

I would now like to speak to my motion. The reason I move to suspend standing orders is that it will give me the opportunity to explain clearly why it is that I would prefer to move now from 6.30 pm. It is to ensure that we have adequate time to debate the detail stage of this Bill. It may well be the case that we do not need all the time that I propose. In fact, I hope that we do not need all that time to deal with the detail stage. I want to be sure to protect members' rights. I would hope that you would, too, Mr Speaker. So often you take the move yourself to protect members' rights in so many ways, and I would hope that in this case, too, Mr Speaker - - -

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