Page 4590 - Week 14 - Thursday, 24 November 2005

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Mr Seselja: Why isn’t it on the program?

MR SPEAKER: It is on the notice paper.

Mr Seselja: There are a lot of things on the notice paper, but why isn’t it on the program?

Mrs Burke: Is that usual, that Mr Speaker? Surely it is a courtesy to have this presented on the blue.

MR SPEAKER: It is listed on the notice paper but it is not listed on the blue. The matter listed on the blue as No 1 has been dispensed with. It is a 45-minute debate. If there is any further debate to be pursued within the time, it can be pursued.

Mrs Burke: But surely opposition and crossbench members have not had time to prepare anything on this matter.

MR SPEAKER: It has been the subject of other debates. Several speakers have spoken on it and it was adjourned. Mr Gentleman has the floor.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (11.45): I seek leave to ask a question. I am sorry; I do not know the standing order. I consulted Mr Gentleman’s office this morning as to whether, as I expected, this would come up. It was not on the blue paper. I was told by his office that we were to discuss the other report.

MR SPEAKER: The only thing people can do is move to adjourn this—and the house can decide what they want to do with it.

Motion (by Dr Foskey) proposed:

That debate be now adjourned.

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.

Mr Mulcahy: Mr Speaker, I wish to raise a point of order. If we are relying on the notice paper, I was part way through speaking when this matter was—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Gentleman has the floor. What is your point of order?

Mr Seselja: Why does Mr Gentleman have the floor?

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