Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (26 November) . . Page.. 3063 ..
MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (12.11): Mr Deputy Speaker, I will speak quickly because my voice is going quicker. I rise to support my colleague Mr Hird. His leadership on the Urban Services Committee has been tremendous. The amount of work that they get through is tremendous. I think it is more appropriate that this matter, if it is to go ahead at all, be handled by the Urban Services Committee. As Mr Moore has already said, setting the Assembly to overrule decisions of the Assembly is a very dangerous precedent. This matter, as Mr Quinlan has just acknowledged and, indeed, earlier apologised for, could have been sorted out over a beer. Perhaps that should have been done. Perhaps it should be done now.
MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! It being 45 minutes after the commencement of Assembly business, the debate is interrupted in accordance with standing order 77.
Motion (by Mr Humphries) agreed to:
That the time allotted to Assembly business be extended by 30 minutes.
MR SPEAKER: The question is: That Mr Humphries' amendment to Mr Hird's motion be agreed to. I have been asked to read it out. The amendment reads:
Omit all words after "That" substitute "this Assembly directs the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio not to proceed with the inquiry on the form and content of the Draft Capital Works Program, and that the inquiry be undertaken instead by the Standing Committee on Urban Services.".
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 8 NOES, 9 Ms Carnell Mr Berry Mr Hird Mr Corbell Mr Humphries Mr Cornwell Mr Moore Mr Hargreaves Mr Osborne Mr Kaine Mr Rugendyke Mr Quinlan Mr Smyth Mr Stanhope Mr Stefaniak Ms Tucker Mr WoodQuestion so resolved in the negative.
Original question resolved in the negative.