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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1659 ..

MR CORNWELL (continuing):

message through reasonably promptly without going into great detail. Where a speaker's time is limited to 15 minutes it would be most unusual for Mr Wood or me to take 16 minutes.

I have moved this motion to keep the government honest in respect of its election promises. I have no doubt that the Assembly itself is well aware of what I am talking about. The crossbenchers have experienced the same long-winded responses as the opposition has. I believe, therefore, that my simple motion to allow one of Labor's election promises to be implemented, albeit introduced by a leader of the opposition, should be supported in this chamber.

Debate (on motion by Ms Tucker ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Administration and Procedure-Standing Committee


MS TUCKER (4.08): I seek leave to move a motion.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER: I move:


  • the order of the day concerning a proposed amendment to standing order 118 be referred to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for inquiry and report; and

    upon the Committee presenting its report to the Assembly resumption of debate on the motion be set down as an order of the day for the next sitting.

    MR CORNWELL (4.08): Mr Speaker, as the mover of the motion to amend standing order 118, I wish to advise the alert and no doubt interested chamber that I have no objection to the motion moved by Ms Tucker.

    Question resolved in the affirmative.

    Federal property-funding support for fire protection services

    MR PRATT (4.09): I move:

    That this Assembly expresses its deep concern with this government for:

  • not having met its obligations to provide timely advice to the federal government to ensure the timely provision of federal funding to support ACT Urban Fire Services for the purpose of protecting federal property in the ACT;

    prevaricating in acquiring routine but essential federal funding needed to supplement the ACT's fire services capability given the lessons which should have been learnt from the December 2001 bushfires.

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