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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (14 October) . . Page.. 3205 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

basis, a consensus developed on the committee by my esteemed colleagues Mr Osborne and Mr Cornwell and by me, on a work program that requires the tabling of interim reports and a final tabling date of next June.

I had proposed to make the point which Mr Osborne made in relation to Mr Rugendyke's motion and which has been reiterated by Ms Tucker that the period there is a particularly difficult period for a number of members around the place, Mr Osborne in particular, but all of us in terms of our determination to be part of the draft budget process. Each of us, I assume, will participate in that process to the extent that we can. It is a very important process, a novel adventure that we are setting out on in relation to draft budgets which will require an awful lot of time.

I trust that members will take the opportunity to spend some time with their families and actually enjoy our Christmas break. I think they are entitled to that. I am not quite sure whether, if one takes a Christmas break, one should make application to the Speaker not to be paid this incredible taxpayer-breaking allowance which chairs of select committees get - a whole $2,000 for a year's work. Whilst we are on holiday, we should perhaps make some application not to receive that pro rata aspect of this massive amount of $2,000 for a year's work that has been the subject of this most appalling attack and debate today.

Question put:

That the amendment (Mr Rugendyke's ) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 8  	NOES, 9

Ms Carnell  	Mr Berry
Mr Cornwell  	Mr Corbell
Mr Hird  	Mr Hargreaves
Mr Humphries  	Mr Kaine
Mr Moore  	Mr Osborne
Mr Rugendyke  	Mr Quinlan
Mr Smyth  	Mr Stanhope
Mr Stefaniak  	Ms Tucker
		Mr Wood

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

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