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I noted Dr Foskey’s words and I am pleased to hear that she is in support of working families. In the conversations that I had with her earlier, she did look to having some input to the committee.

I am pleased to see that this motion for the appointment of the Select Committee on Working Families in the Australian Capital Territories has begun a debate. I would like to thank all of those involved in that process. In closing, I urge the Assembly to support my motion unamended and reject Mr Smyth’s amendment.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Mr Speaker, I seek to speak under standing order 47. I have been misrepresented in the debate.

MR SPEAKER: You can do that.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, in the debate today I said that we were in support of working families but we were not in support of these terms of reference. I have been verballed by Mr Gentleman. He also verballed me about the conversation I had in my office, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order! That is a debating point. I do not mind your commenting, pursuant to standing order 47, on how you might have been misquoted, but I am not going to see accusations fly across the floor in the context of the use of that standing order. So, if you want to refer to the points, do so and then we will be finished with it.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, speaking in accordance with standing order 47, I was misquoted by Mr Gentleman in what he said about both what I said in the chamber today and what I said in my office. I have said that we are supportive of the notion of inquiring into working families, but we are not supportive of these terms of reference and that, unless we had proper terms of reference that really look at working families, we would not be able to support the motion.

Question put:

That Mr Smyth’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Ms Gallagher

Mr Quinlan

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Motion agreed to.

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