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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 3546 ..



MR SPEAKER: For the information of members, I present, pursuant to subsection 8(4) of the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act 1997, authorisations to broadcast given to a number of television networks and radio stations in relation to proceedings on:

The public hearings on the Chief Minister's Department's annual and financial reports by the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio for Wednesday 27 October, Friday 29 October and Friday 5 November 1999, dated 26 October 1999.

The public hearings of the Select Committee on Public Housing on Tuesday 26 October 1999, dated 26 October 1999.


MR BERRY (11.10): I seek leave to move a motion to amend the Assembly sitting pattern for 1999.

Leave granted.

MR BERRY: I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 26 November 1998 setting the days that the Assembly shall meet in 1999 be amended by omitting the dates of November 17, 18 and 23.

Mr Speaker, this motion arises in light of the notice of the motion of no-confidence in the Chief Minister which was read out by the Clerk today and given notice by the Leader of the Labor Party, Mr Stanhope. Mr Speaker, this is in accordance with the pattern which has developed in the Legislative Assembly in the past, and really needs no further discussion.

MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety) (11.11): Mr Speaker, I put on record that the Government opposes this motion, and I spoke at length about this on the last occasion a motion of no confidence was moved in the Chief Minister. I simply adopt the comments I made on that previous occasion. I realise that the Opposition has support to adjourn the Assembly, but I point out to members just a couple of things. First of all, there are precedents going both ways on this matter. Previously during the Alliance Government's time when motions, which were apparently doomed to failure, were moved, there was agreement even by the Labor Party at the time not to adjourn the Assembly for the duration of the no-confidence motion. That seems to have gone by the board.

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