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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 4203 ..

APPENDIX 1: Incorporated in Hansard on 19 November 1996 at page 3746.


I wish to make a statement to the Assembly concerning the rules relating to amendments.

Members will recall that on 25 September last Mr Moore moved a motion relating to the use of Canberra's Lakes or their foreshores. The motion was:

That this Assembly require the Government to put before it any proposed use of Lake Burley Griffin, Lake Tuggeranong or Lake Ginninderra or their foreshores prior to granting any permission for a new use of these areas for any purpose.

Ms McRae circulated an amendment to the motion. The amendment proposed to omit all words after "That this Assembly require the Government to" and substitute the words "undertake appropriate consultation in regard to significant public works development in the ACT".

A point of order having been raised that the foreshadowed amendment was not relevant to the motion, I upheld the point of order. A motion of dissent from the ruling was then moved, by leave. Following debate, the motion of dissent was negatived.

Mr Humphries then moved an amendment to insert the word "significant" before the words "proposed use". That amendment was ruled as being
in order.

Ms Follett, on a point of order, asked that I present the Assembly with my reasons for having ruled out of order an amendment which sought to expand a motion and having ruled in order an amendment which

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