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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 2701 ..

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. That will settle that. Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Document incorporated at Appendix 1.

Supported Accommodation for People with Mental Illness

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, in an answer I provided on Michelle's and the Work Resources Centre for Mr Rugendyke on Tuesday, I gave a date on which the contract was due to be completed and I said I had some doubts about it. My advice was that it was due in 1998. I was correct. It is June 1999. I want to make sure that that is clear on the record.

Motion for Disallowance

Debate resumed.

MR RUGENDYKE (3.34): This motion is similar in content to the motion of Mr Berry which appears on the notice paper in his name. On the occasion when that motion was first mooted, the Chief Minister stated that she could not increase staffing allocations without decreasing the allocations of other members. When that concern was put to Mr Berry, he stated that he would come back to me with his suggestion as to how Mr Kaine's allocation could be increased without decreasing my allocation and those of Mr Osborne and Ms Tucker. Mr Berry has not approached me since that conversation with his suggestions as to how this may be achieved. But then Mr Berry has nothing to lose. So I must question his motive in proposing that motion.

While I sympathise with Mr Kaine's plight, I am yet to be advised how his staffing allocation can be increased without detriment to others. I believe that it is incumbent on the Labor Party to show us how that can be done. It has been mentioned that - - -

Mr Kaine: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I am not too sure what Mr Rugendyke is addressing; but the motion on the paper is, in fact, a motion from me and I cannot quite see the relevance to my motion of asking the Labor Party to explain how it would solve the problem. I think Mr Rugendyke is thoroughly confused.

MR RUGENDYKE: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: Since this motion is quite similar to the one that Mr Berry would have proposed, I think it is relevant to record conversations that we had in relation to that motion and relate them to this motion.

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