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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (8 March) . . Page.. 880 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

Mr Speaker, we are happy for the government to go away and have a look at itself, and we are happy to resume debate in this place at an early moment, but we will be supporting the motion for the adjournment.

Authority of Speaker

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services) (3.44), in reply: Mr Speaker, I just remind members that I will be closing the debate. Mr Speaker, I conceded that I may have played some role in the way I answered the question, and I will certainly look at the way I have been answering questions. Mr Berry stood up and, effectively, apportioned blame to the government for this. Mr Speaker, no member on the government side has been warned during question time for as long as we can remember because-

Mr Stanhope: Precisely. Precisely.

Mr Wood: You said it.

MR MOORE: Even now, Mr Speaker, I have interjections. The reason, Mr Speaker, is that we have been deliberately controlled in the way we deal with ourselves in question time. We have had discussions on this on many occasions and have remained deliberately controlled. Mr Speaker, there is no doubt in my mind that we all need to go back and check the standing orders. Standing order 117 is about questions and standing order 118 is about answers.

Mr Speaker, I am very pleased that Mr Berry, as manager of opposition business, has agreed that the house should adjourn now. I hope we will return at the end of this month when we have cooled down somewhat.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 3.45 pm until Tuesday, 27 March 2001, at 10.30 am

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