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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3157 ..

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Quinlan can debate that when the bills come up but they are all matters of substance and importance. Mr Speaker, I think it would be unfortunate if the bills were not presented today. If they are not presented today, members will undoubtedly be confronted with the problem in the future of having to deal with them without adequate time to consider them properly. I therefore ask members to agree to the motion to enable these bills to be presented.

MR BERRY (11.20): Just a few moments ago the government protested vigorously that two urgent matters of private members business could not be considered because there were no ministers available. Now all of a sudden there is the required number of ministers to deal with this issue. I sense a stench of hypocrisy, which is not a good omen for the leadership of the new Liberal government by Mr Humphries. Mr Speaker, this hypocrisy is breathtaking. On the one hand you resist, not because it was procedurally unfair to deal with the motions but because you oppose them, and you use the phoney argument that you have no ministers.

I have no doubt that Mr Moore said to Mr Osborne and Mr Rugendyke that they have no minister to deal with it, so we cannot deal with the occupational health and safety matter and the dangerous goods matter. Mr Humphries, in my recollection of this, was a strident debater against the proposals which I put forward before.

MR SPEAKER: Order! We are not debating those two matters. They have been adjourned.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, if it is good for the goose, it is good for the gander here. If there is no minister here to argue important issues which need to be dealt with because they are date sensitive then I submit that there is no minister here to introduce bills.

Question put:

That the standing and temporary orders be suspended.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes, 11  		Noes, 6

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

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

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