Page 3368 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 14 November 2007

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Mrs Dunne: I do. I do wish to make a contribution, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Then the question is that the standing orders be suspended.

MR HARGREAVES: I think this is just a little bit of tit for tat on the part of the opposition; they are trying to prevent this Assembly from receiving information which would enable a complete picture to an answer that you have provided to the Leader of the Opposition. I really think this is just being really silly in the extreme and ought to be dealt with with the silliness that it deserves.

Members interjecting—

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.27): Mr Speaker, there is no need to suspend the standing orders. Mr Stefaniak asked a question of the appropriate person responsible for the operation of the Legislative Assembly and in both—

Mr Hargreaves: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mrs Dunne is debating the question and not the substantive motion.


MRS DUNNE: The reason why Mr Hargreaves would like to suspend standing orders is that he would like to have his four pennorth worth.

MR SPEAKER: She is debating the question but that is what she is entitled to do.

MRS DUNNE: There are ways and means of doing this and this is not one of them. He just cannot because he is a minister at the table stand up here after question time and babble on about anything that he likes. There are times when he is allowed to babble on about anything that he likes, but this is not one of them. The occasion was not a question to Mr Hargreaves. There was a question asked and, as far as you were concerned and as far as the opposition was concerned, it was fully answered. If Mr Hargreaves would like to make another contribution, there are other forms of doing it. He could, for instance, write to the members of the Legislative Assembly about the operation of the Assembly library.

Question put:

That Mr Hargreaves’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 6

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Burke

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Mulcahy

Dr Foskey

Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt

Ms Gallagher

Mr Seselja

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