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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (3 September) . . Page.. 1860 ..

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mrs Carnell is saying nothing because the only way she can do so is by interjection and interjections are out of order, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: The point we make is that to get a Bill on the notice paper the usual procedure is for it to go either to the Administration and Procedure Committee, which is not open to Mr Moore - that is true - or the government business meeting and onto the notice paper. Has the Bill gone through that procedure? Or does there need to be another procedure developed where the catch-as-catch-can approaches can result in Bills finding their way onto the notice paper? But there is not a procedure now, except to waltz in here and seek leave. I just do not think that is an appropriate course.

Mr Moore: It is on the daily program. Firstly, it is on the daily program and, secondly, I tabled a full legislative program.

MR BERRY: I know it is on the daily program.


MR BERRY: But, when you take a look at the administrative arrangements issued by the Chief Minister, you find there is no leeway for you to do these sorts of things because it is not within your administrative responsibility to do that. Something has to be put in place to allow these things to happen - if that is the Government's wish. If the Executive, including yourself, have a wish to set up a separate procedure for your little foibles, well, set it up. To have an unofficial approach - - -

Mr Moore: I just indicated I would go through an approach to do that.

MR BERRY: If you have an official approach which only suits the whims of individuals on the Executive side, why have a set of administrative arrangements at all? Why have a government business meeting at all? Why not save the time? Then you can all leap up here and seek leave to do things - - -

Mr Hird: Well, you do from time to time.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hird, be quiet!

MR BERRY: - - - in each other's areas of administrative responsibility. Why bother with it at all? Why not save all the money from Ministers' salaries? Why do we not let you just do what you like?

MR SPEAKER: The member's time has expired.

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

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