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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3156 ..


MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, I direct your attention to standing order 77(a), which states:

On sitting Wednesdays private Members' business shall have precedence of Executive business;

Today is Wednesday, and the very first time a member seeks to bring up a matter concerning private members business we vote it out of order. I would like a ruling from you, Mr Speaker, as to whether or not today is a private members business day. The urgent matter that we sat to deal with has been dealt with. Are we now to revert, under the standing orders provision, to private members business or are we not? I would like a ruling on that matter.

MR SPEAKER: In answer to the second part of your question: no, we are not going to revert. The Assembly decided to adjourn the two items raised by Mr Berry which were, if you wish, private members business. I am in the hands of the Assembly. The Assembly chose to adjourn the debate, as we could have done if this were a normal private members business day. It is not unusual on a Wednesday to have private members business adjourned. That is what happened today. But we are not intending to revert to any other arrangement.

MR KAINE: I take it, though, Mr Speaker, that I can move the adjournment of every item of government or executive business that is brought up today and that will be accepted. As long as I know the rules.

MR SPEAKER: You may try, Mr Kaine, you may try.


MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to present the Legislative Assembly (Members' Staff) Amendment Bill 2000.

Leave not granted.


MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister) (11.19): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Humphries presenting 10 Bills listed on the Daily Program.

Mr Speaker, notice of these bills was given informally to members yesterday. The bills are all important and they need to be put on the table for consideration by the community as well as the Assembly.

Mr Quinlan: Who says?

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