Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 346 ..
The Assembly voted-
Ayes 6 Noes 9 Mr Cornwell Mr Berry Mr Stanhope Ms Dundas Mr Corbell Ms Tucker Mrs Dunne Mrs Cross Mr Wood Mr Pratt Ms Gallagher Mr Smyth Mr Hargreaves Mr Stefaniak Ms MacDonaldQuestion so resolved in the negative.
AdjournmentMotion (by Mr Wood ) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
Confiscation of criminal assets-legislation
MR CORNWELL (5.02): Mr Speaker, earlier today I voted against a proposal to adjourn the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Bill 2002. I am about to explain why. We have been off for 13 weeks, and we adjourned this piece of legislation, which was introduced on 21 November.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Cornwell, I think you are reflecting on a vote of the Assembly.
MR CORNWELL: No, I do not think I am, Mr Speaker. I am explaining why I voted against the proposal.
MR SPEAKER: Be aware I am on to this.
MR CORNWELL: It is all right. I anticipated that you may take that view. I had a look at the personal explanation standing order. I could not see that I could explain myself under that standing order. I am explaining why I voted against adjourning debate on a bill introduced on 21 November. After 13 weeks I would have thought that everybody could get their act together in order to address this matter.
MR SPEAKER: I think you are now reflecting on a vote of the Assembly, Mr Cornwell. I am going to order you to sit down if you continue.
MR CORNWELL: I simply place that fact before the house and remind everybody that we spent a considerable amount of time last night on another matter which did not concern us directly. We could have well spent that time in addressing the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Bill 2002.