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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (13 June) . . Page.. 1585 ..

MR SPEAKER: One of them is a dissenting report, Mr Kaine, but it is up to the Assembly.

Mr Humphries: It is a dissenting report.

Mr Wood: It should have been part of the major report. That is the pattern.

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, are you ruling that the government's select committee on the budget will now report. Not the Assembly's, the government's?

MR SPEAKER: No. There was a dissenting report, I believe.

Mr Quinlan: There is. It is attached.

MRS BURKE: We gave notice that we would be submitting the report, Mr Speaker.

Mr Wood: Come back later.

Mr Quinlan: It is headed "Dissension from the 2001 Estimates Report by Jacqui Burke and Harold Hird".

MRS BURKE: I will have to seek leave to move to suspend standing orders, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order! It is entirely up to the Assembly whether they are prepared to accept this more detailed, I presume, dissent.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer) (11.51): Mr Speaker, I move:

That so much of standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mrs Burke and Mr Hird from tabling their dissenting report.

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, the dissenting report has already been tabled. It is attached to the back of the select committee's report. I do not know on what grounds they now seek to table another report that did not come under the auspices of the select committee. I think we are introducing a very strange precedent here, Mr Speaker.

Mr Hird: Mr Speaker, on the point of order: the secretary-

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order at this point, but go on.

Mr Hird: Well, sir, what was Mr Kaine speaking to?

Mr Wood: He was speaking to the motion.

MR SPEAKER: I thought he was speaking to the motion, exactly.

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