Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4154 ..
Remainder of Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.
Bill, as amended, agreed to.
MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety) (5.49): Mr Speaker, I move:
That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day No. 1, Assembly business, being called on forthwith.
Mr Berry: How about giving us a case for it? What is the case?
MR HUMPHRIES: We did not get to this order of the day this morning. I am happy to leave the motion not dealt with at all. I will withdraw, if you do not want me to do it. I understand that members opposite want to have this motion dealt with, and we simply want to deal with it. I understand that people are ready to deal with it now, so I am suggesting that we deal with it in the short time before we go to dinner.
MR BERRY (5.50): This is the first I have heard of this and - - -
MR SPEAKER: The first you have heard of it? It was postponed this morning, Mr Berry.
MR BERRY: Spare me the editorial, Mr Speaker, but it was not raised with me that we were about to suspend standing orders. That is the point I am making.
Mr Humphries: It was not raised with me until a couple of minutes ago either.
Ms Carnell: It is just something we can fit in in the 10 minutes before dinner.
MR BERRY: You might have let us know what was going on. I place on record our concern about the attitude of this manager of government business.
Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.
Debate resumed from 25 November 1999.
MR OSBORNE: I ask for leave to speak without closing the debate.