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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 433 ..

MR MOORE: Mr Osborne had approached us and pointed out that because he was away yesterday he was not able to give notice in the normal way. This is a different situation.

Mr Corbell: Nonsense.

MR MOORE: Mr Corbell, you know that very well. Mr Corbell, should you have family circumstances that prevent you doing something we will also give you leave under those sorts of circumstances. You know that very well.

The situation here, Mr Speaker, is that we have a proper process. The Administration and Procedure Committee meets on the Tuesday to determine the priority order of business, following members giving notice of motions in accordance with the standing orders. It is appropriate to go through that process unless there is a matter of urgency. This is not a matter of huge urgency. If other members see it as important it can be given first priority at next Wednesday's meeting in private members business. In the meantime notice of the motion can be given and we can go through the normal proper process. This does not require-

Mr Corbell: What are you hiding?

Mr Stanhope: Open and transparent government.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I want to draw your attention to the fact that today there has been an extreme amount of interjection from the opposition, from question time onward. I have to say it does make the job much more difficult.

MR SPEAKER: Indeed. The tactic of trying to drown out a speaker is childish and ineffective.

Mr Corbell: Only where it is warranted.

MR SPEAKER: I presume it may be useful in some party meetings, but it does not work very well here.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, there is a normal and proper process to follow. If there is good reason to go past that normal and proper process, of course we are happy to listen to it and to consider it, but in this case the normal process has not been followed.

Mr Corbell: You haven't heard the argument.

Mr Stanhope: You touched a nerve, Kerrie.

MR MOORE: I think this is particularly interesting from Ms Tucker, who raises that issue of process with regard to the government on many, many occasions.


(5.42): Mr Speaker, Labor will be supporting this motion for the suspension of standing orders. I understand that there has been some discussion between Ms Tucker and the responsible minister. I understand that there was even an amendment negotiated in relation to the motion that has been put before us. I do not think it is going

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