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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1804 ..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

On that basis, I dissent from your ruling. I seek the support of the Assembly for me to be to able debate my amendment No 2 when the time comes.

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (9.34): Mr Speaker, the bill that I put forward is the most simple of bills. It only changes, effectively, one number-the year that denotes the expiration of the poker machine cap. Standing order 181 says:

An amendment may be moved to any part of the bill, provided it is within the title or relevant subject matter of the bill, and otherwise conforms with the standing orders.

The only subject matter of this bill is the expiration date of the cap. That is the only subject matter there is. So, Mr Speaker, I would have to compliment you on your ruling.

Question put:

That Mr Stefaniak's motion be agreed to.

The Assembly divided-

Ayes 5                           Noes 10

Mrs Burke             Mr Berry           Mr Hargreaves
Mr Cornwell           Mr Corbell         Ms MacDonald
Mr Pratt              Mrs Cross          Mr Quinlan
Mr Smyth              Ms Dundas          Ms Tucker
Mr Stefaniak          Ms Gallagher       Mr Wood

Question so resolved in the negative.

Retirement of Clerk

MR SPEAKER: I wish to inform the Assembly that today will be the last day in the chamber of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Mark McRae, who has resigned, with effect from Friday, 6 June 2003. Mark was appointed Clerk of the Legislative Assembly on 9 November 1989. Prior to his appointment, he had an extensive parliamentary career with the Department of the House of Representatives, working for some 15 years in the federal parliament. During that time, he filled a number of positions in the procedural and committee areas of the House of Representatives.

Among the highlights of his time there were his work assisting with the production of the first edition of House of Representatives Practice and being secretary of the Procedure Committee. Both of those positions allowed him to become very well versed in parliamentary procedure, a skill which he was able to employ fully upon his appointment as Clerk of the Legislative Assembly in 1989.

During his period with the Assembly, Mark has worked for four speakers, five chief ministers, nine leaders of the opposition and, in total, 47 members of the Legislative Assembly. He has sat in the chamber for 596 sitting days, dealt with 10 no-confidence

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