Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (1 September) . . Page.. 2737 ..
MS TUCKER (continuing):
"We know better. We know it's not a problem. Too bad if everyone in the community thinks it's a problem. They are wrong. We are right. It is just administrative". I am saying that the Government has failed in its responsibilities. I am not interested in the argument about the right of this Government when they have so miserably failed in their responsibilities. (Extension of time granted)
I was concerned to hear Mr Rugendyke put as a reason for having concerns about voting for my motion the fact that I have upset him. I am sorry, Mr Rugendyke, but you have a responsibility as an elected representative to vote in this chamber on the issues, not on whether or not someone has offended you. I am sorry if I did offend Mr Rugendyke. I can assure you, Mr Speaker, that the discussion he is referring to is very minor compared to some of the discussions I have been in with other members in this place. I think most of us move on from that. Anyway, if Mr Rugendyke has been offended, that is not a reason to influence a vote in this place. He has a responsibility to look at the issues.
In conclusion, I would like to ask Mr Osborne particularly to consider his role in this matter as an Independent on the crossbench. Basically, if he will not support this motion, what he seems to be saying and agreeing with the Government on is that they are able to use this argument of right even if they have failed so terribly in their responsibilities. It does nothing for the ACT community's confidence in how this Assembly is working and it says nothing about this Government operating as a minority government. It clearly does not have to regard itself as a minority government if these arguments are supported by the crossbench.
An incident having occurred in the gallery -
MR SPEAKER: Order! Remove that person, please.
That the motion (Ms Tucker's ) be agreed to.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 8 NOES, 9 Mr Berry Ms Carnell Mr Corbell Mr Cornwell Mr Hargreaves Mr Hird Mr Kaine Mr Humphries Mr Quinlan Mr Moore Mr Stanhope Mr Osborne Ms Tucker Mr Rugendyke Mr Wood Mr Smyth Mr StefaniakQuestion so resolved in the negative.