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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 987 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

chamber and suggested that we adjourn, and that there was no opposition to that proposition.

Mr Berry: Who would oppose? It is executive business.

Mr Quinlan: You did not say you were going to put this on first thing in the morning, though.

MR HUMPHRIES: Well, if you did not oppose it, then why is there a problem with the business, which should have been dealt with yesterday under the standing orders, rolling over today?

MS TUCKER (10.36): I will support this motion because I know how much there is in private members business today that we need to get through. It is true that Mr Moore did come and tell me last evening that we were going to stop at quarter to six, and I was surprised. I was expecting that we would continue through the evening.

He did not tell me that this would be brought up and dealt with today, because then I would have questioned it. I was prepared to work through last night to get through the business, and it was not explained to me at all that we would be doing this today. I do not know that it will take a couple of minutes. I think that there are some quite important issues to be discussed in the draft budget reports. Maybe other committees do not have a lot to say, but I know the education committee certainly should have some comments, so I do not think we should be doing it now either.

MR OSBORNE (10.37): My only concern is that, if we do not do this today-I am looking down the paper here-I understand Mr Smyth is away at a funeral, and notice No 1 is a bill for Mr Berry, then we have the censure motion-

Ms Tucker: No, that is not happening now.

MR OSBORNE: I am just saying this to you, okay? The next one is a workers compensation premium where Mr Smyth is the minister responsible. Then we have Totalcare, and Mr Smyth is the minister responsible. Then we have planning, occupational health and safety and land and planning, all in Mr Smyth's portfolio. Mr Berry's notice follows them, and I would assume Mr Smyth is the minister responsible there.

I do not know that we can move ahead with any of the private members business given that the relevant minister is away. There is really only one thing we could probably do this morning and that would be the surveillance camera legislation, because I understand Mr Moore is away as well.

I have no problem with doing the draft reports, given the circumstances we find ourselves in with Mr Smyth and Mr Moore away, and because they are the ministers responsible for a number of the items that are on the paper. I see Ms Tucker is on her feet before I have finished, but I am quite happy to hear from other members on what they think about this.

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