Page 52 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 7 December 2004

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campaign, there was no matter, beyond the hospital system, that drew more attention or concern than the matter of planning, and for that reason I would imagine that the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment will be busy.

I imagine Mr Seselja, as our opposition spokesman on these matters, will have a range of issues to pursue, and I am concerned that public works matters, which amount, according to the budget papers, to approximately $329.9 million in terms of capital works provision, will not warrant the scrutiny and attention that they deserve. Accordingly, I am suggesting that these matters be more appropriately addressed by the public accounts committee.

I welcome the Treasurer’s suggestion, which he made by way of interjection to my colleague, that we should make a constructive amendment and, indeed, I believe this is in the spirit of that constructive amendment. I understand that the public accounts committee has some scope within the budgetary process to review these matters, but I am not of the understanding that there is adequate scope to look at, in thorough detail, major capital works activities and specific projects. I commend this amendment to the house.

Question put:

That Mr Mulcahy’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 8

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Ms Gallagher

Mrs Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Gentleman

Mr Quinlan

Question so resolved in the negative.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (12.29): I seek leave to move another amendment to Ms MacDonald’s motion.

Leave granted.

DR FOSKEY: Given that the amendment could not be circulated earlier because it relied on the vote for my previous amendment, I want to emphasise my—

Ms MacDonald: On a point of order. Mr Speaker, in order to assist the Assembly, could Dr Foskey please read out what the amendment says so that the rest of the Assembly knows what she is talking about.

MR SPEAKER: I am sure she will come to that.

DR FOSKEY: I move the following amendment:

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