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garbage! The attacks in that article, the concerns that we raise, are bagging you and your systems, and the failure of your agencies to support the men and women in the field.

The opposition is concerned that the lessons of systemic failure and general administration, so clearly highlighted by McLeod, have not been implemented, and that is why we want to see the ESA put to a committee for inquiry. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

MR SPEAKER: The member’s time has expired.

Question put:

That Mr Pratt’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Pratt

Dr Foskey

Mr Quinlan

Mr Seselja

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Smyth

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion negatived.

Executive business—precedence

Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That executive business be called on forthwith.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (11.59): I have been misled, Mr Speaker—confused and misled—and I just want to register confusion. I will explain that. I was looking at the notice paper today and I saw that the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment’s report 18 on draft variations to the territory plan No 165 was going to be brought on for debate. People probably noticed that I was absent from the first part, preparing my response to that. Then I arrived down here and was informed that Mr Corbell planned to bring on executive business. He had consulted the opposition but had not informed me. Had I been informed earlier, no doubt I would have been able to be present at the first part of today’s sitting.

When I heard Mr Corbell extend this part of the business for half an hour, I assumed that he had taken on board my concerns and I would be able to give my speech. I was spoken to by the Labor Party whip and told that Mr Corbell was not going to call on executive business. I did not leap to my feet, because I had been told that this business was on again. I just want to register my concern that I am not consulted when decisions like this are made between the opposition and the government. My office and I work extremely

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