Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (27 March) . . Page.. 887 ..
Tuesday, 27 March 2001
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.32 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
MR SPEAKER: I recognise the presence in the gallery of pupils from Curtin Primary School. Welcome to your Assembly.
Vote of confidence in Speaker-motion by government
Suspension of standing and temporary orders
MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to suspend so much of standing and temporary orders as would prevent the government moving a motion of confidence in the Speaker.
Motion-leave not granted
MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion to amend certain standing orders and to insert a new standing order.
Mr Stanhope: Leave was granted.
MR MOORE: I understand that leave was granted. I heard that.
Mr Wood: To Wayne Berry.
Mr Berry: Standing orders have been suspended for the government to move a motion of confidence in the Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Leave was granted for the government to move that motion.
MR MOORE: That is right, Mr Speaker.
Mr Berry: Are you going to move the motion of confidence?
MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I see no need whatsoever to move that motion. Thank you for your kind offer, Mr Berry. It is a stunt, Mr Speaker. Mr Berry has not even spoken to us about this matter. The first I knew about it was about half a minute ago when Mr Osborne indicated to me that it had been raised. Mr Speaker, we are quite happy to do that. I see no need to, but we have something on the daily program about standing orders that will give members the opportunity to speak to that motion.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Moore, are you directing your comments to Mr Berry's motion?