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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (14 June) . . Page.. 1798 ..

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The chair acknowledges and upholds Ms Tucker's point of order. Mr Rugendyke, at the beginning of his speech, stated that he was going to breach standing orders. Mr Rugendyke, you will come to order. You will address the house and not breach standing orders, or resume your seat.

MR RUGENDYKE: On the point of order, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I would submit-

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: No, I have ruled on the point of order. Are you raising another one?

MR RUGENDYKE: Well, I will raise another one. I do not know which one but I would submit that if it is not possible to speak to a motion without breaching the standing orders then the motion ought to be ruled out of order.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: The motion is not out of order, Mr Rugendyke. On your point of order, you have a method, if you wish, to change standing orders, but, as they stand at the moment, the chair acknowledges that you are in breach. I have upheld the point of order raised by a member of this house. You will either address the house without breaching standing orders or resume your seat, Mr Rugendyke.

MR RUGENDYKE: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I will read the motion. It says that this Assembly calls on the government to conduct an independent comparative analysis between increased expenditure on student transport, which is what the government wishes to do with their budget, and educational programs, which is what the opposition would like to see the $27 million in the budget spent on.

Mr Berry: And you would too, except if it takes-

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Berry, Mr Rugendyke has the call.

MR RUGENDYKE: The $27 million in question is the central part of the motion. We must be agreed. This is about the budget.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Resume your seat, Mr Rugendyke. You are out of order. I call Mr Berry.

MR BERRY (6.51): Thank you, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker.

Mr Moore: Look at the time. Shouldn't we adjourn now and do this on Wednesday?

MR BERRY: We can put the motion now if you like. We will support the motion. Just put it. I am happy to resume my seat if you want to put it now.

Mr Moore: No. That is not what I said. You agreed that we break at seven o'clock.

MR BERRY: I will move that the question be put.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: You are entitled to do that.

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