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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 1635 ..


MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition)(12.25): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move a motion to adjourn the Assembly.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Comment about Australian Labor Party Members

MR QUINLAN (12.25): I want to hark back to Mr Rugendyke, who earlier today, with a great sweep of the hand, said that all the ALP and those on this side of the house were the loony Left. I have to advise that Mr Berry has now commenced calling me "comrade" at every opportunity. I wish to defend my very good friends and colleagues in the Left faction. They are certainly not loony, but I also have to say that I am not one of them.

Opposition Vote on No-Confidence Motion

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer)(12.26): Mr Speaker, without reflecting on an earlier vote of the Assembly, I want to hark back to something that was mentioned earlier about precedents. I note that members opposite made disparaging references to the motion of no confidence that was dealt with in the Assembly on 7 June 1990. I think Mr Wood described it as not a serious motion. That is an interesting comment. I looked at the Hansard for that particular day, and guess who supported this not very serious motion? Mr Wood did, Mr Berry did, Mr Connolly did and Ms Follett did. This motion which was not serious was supported by the Labor Party. It was supported by almost all members of the Labor Party but not by all of them. That particular day Mrs Grassby, who was then a member of the parliamentary Labor Party in the ACT, crossed the floor to vote against the motion. Perhaps that is a sign of what might happen with the motion to be dealt with on 30 June.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 12.27 pm until Wednesday, 30 June 1999, at 10.30 am.

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