Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 1833 ..
Mr Moore: While the numbers are being counted, I take a point of order. Standing order 154 states:
Members shall vote in accordance with their voices (either "Aye"
or "No") and their vote shall be so recorded.
There is a question in my mind, Mr Speaker, about whether there were any voices on the ayes side at all, and therefore whether they could actually record a vote. I am also aware of standing order 165 and I realise that if somebody called for this error to be corrected the outcome would be the same. I just draw it to your attention rather than force the issue.
MR SPEAKER: I thank you, Mr Moore. The Clerk has pointed out that a member calling for a vote must vote with the minority. I made the point that I did not hear any voices from the Opposition. This has been a fairly longwinded debate. Their voices may have simply run out and they had to whisper their support or opposition, as the case may be, and it simply did not communicate to me. That is the best pitch I can put on it.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 8 NOES, 7 Mr Berry Ms Carnell Mr Corbell Mr Cornwell Mr Osborne Mr Hird Mr Quinlan Mr Kaine Mr Rugendyke Mr Moore Mr Stanhope Mr Smyth Ms Tucker Mr Stefaniak Mr WoodQuestion so resolved in the affirmative.
MR SPEAKER: Even the silent ayes have won the day.
MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (8.14): Mr Speaker, pursuant to standing order 77(d), I move:
That Executive business be called on.
Question resolved in the affirmative.