Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (31 August) . . Page.. 2568 ..
MR QUINLAN (continuing):
In respect of the V8 race, members will know that Jon Stanhope, the Leader of the Opposition, said right from the outset that we would like to see a business case. Initially we saw a few numbers, then on Tuesday I received some expansion upon those numbers, and I had assumed that they had gone to all members of the Assembly. Apparently they had not. Be that as it may, I think that the case for the race might have been subject to examination and this Assembly might have been better - - -
Ms Carnell: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Quinlan is reflecting on a vote in this place. He cannot do that. It is contrary to standing orders.
MR SPEAKER: No, he cannot. I would remind you, Mr Quinlan, that standing orders do not allow reflections on debates.
MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, I am trying to communicate to this Assembly that if we are to support the Bill we will be doing it without the benefit of a considerable amount of information that we might have otherwise had.
MR SPEAKER: That is in order, but you cannot reflect on a vote of the Assembly.
MR QUINLAN: That is fine. I did not say any naughty words, did I, about the vote of the Assembly?
MR SPEAKER: No. You may say that you are - - -
Ms Carnell: You cannot debate it again.
MR QUINLAN: I believe I can stand in this place and say that we now have an appropriation Bill asking for the expenditure of a considerable amount of money and an implied forward commitment for more expenditure and to observe that members are being asked to vote on that with a limited amount of information.
MR SPEAKER: That is perfectly in order.
Mr Berry: Limited by the Assembly.
MR QUINLAN: Yes.
Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, I think Mr Quinlan does not understand standing orders. Mr Berry interjected, "Limited by this Assembly", to which Mr Quinlan replied, "Yes". Standing order 52 says:
A member may not reflect upon any vote of the Assembly, except upon a motion that such vote be rescinded.
It was fine up to the point that Mr Berry interjected and Mr Quinlan said that Mr Berry was quite right. That part was inconsistent with the standing order.