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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1522 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

Mr Speaker, the motion allows us to dispose of the motion for the special sitting of the Assembly next week, which would mean that when we resumed after dinner we could devote our attention entirely to the Appropriation Bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer) (5.48): I move:


(1) the next meeting of the Assembly be fixed for Tuesday, 11 May 1999 at 10.00 a.m. to mark the 10th anniversary of Self-Government of the Territory; and

(2) notwithstanding anything contained in the standing and temporary orders, following the Prayer or Reflection, the Notice, Executive business relating to the 10th Anniversary of Self-Government be given precedence over all other business and that, at the conclusion of the consideration of that Notice, the Speaker shall forthwith adjourn the Assembly.

Mr Speaker, the motion is in two parts. It calls for a special meeting of the Assembly at 10.00 am next Tuesday.

Mr Quinlan: Do we have to wear period costume?

MR HUMPHRIES: You can wear 1989 costumes if you wish. The motion also provides that the business is limited to certain matters on that day. Mr Speaker, I simply say that I think that it is appropriate for the Assembly to mark the tenth anniversary of self-government in this way. I am sure that we will all have some interesting thoughts on that day. Members are aware generally of the program that has been organised for that day, including a morning tea here and a debate in this place subsequently involving some secondary and college students. Mr Speaker, I hope that members will be able to work together in discussing the mechanisms for that day to ensure that the day moves smoothly and that it is a day of commemoration rather than perhaps a day on which we will do things that we would normally do when the Assembly sits.

MR BERRY (5.49): The Opposition will be agreeing with this motion. Mr Speaker, there are just a few things that you may take into consideration as you prepare this place for this celebration. Mr Speaker, I recommend that you give consideration to the purchase or hire of barricades of the type used in major celebrations so that you may extend them right round the Assembly to prevent the hordes from approaching this place! At the same time you may advise the Australian Federal Police that their services will be needed to keep those well-meaning people away from the Assembly! Mr Speaker, you

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