Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1556 ..
MS GALLAGHER (continuing):
Ministerial Advisory Committee on Non-Government Schooling-Distribution of second round of funding created by the termination of the Free Bus Scheme dated 28 November 2002.
I seek leave to make a short statement on the reports.
MS GALLAGHER: Today, in keeping with the government's commitment to consultation and consistent with the intent of the draft education legislation, I have tabled reports by the Government School Education Council and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Non-Government Schooling. I am pleased to table the five reports, three by the Government School Education Council and two by the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Non-Government Schooling, and I commend the five reports to members for their consideration.
Mr Smyth: Is the minister going to move that the Assembly takes note of the papers?
MR SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher has not. It is really up to Ms Gallagher or for a member to seek leave to do so.
Mr Cornwell: We are inviting her, sir.
MR SPEAKER: Members, I am going to move on if we do not have a move in some direction here.
Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, I wonder whether the minister, Ms Gallagher, will move that the Assembly takes note of the papers so that members can read them at their leisure and come back to comment on them later, if appropriate.
MR SPEAKER: That is entirely up to Ms Gallagher.
Ms Gallagher: I do not believe that I have to move that the Assembly takes note of the papers, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: You are not obliged to do so. It is open to members to seek leave to move such a motion, if they want to do so.
MR PRATT (11.02): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion.
MR PRATT: I move:
That the Assembly takes note of the papers.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
MR Cornwell: I take a of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Pratt has moved that the Assembly takes note of the papers. Could I move now that the debate be adjourned on that motion?