Page 3731 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 27 August 2008

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MR SESELJA: Well, it is. This was agreed to in the committee and then, clearly, Ms MacDonald was not following instructions, and we get the minister coming in and saying, “We’re going to shut it down and we’re only going to debate the things that we want to debate and we’re only going to talk about the things that we want to talk about.” There will be an opportunity on 18 October 18. We are very confident that this mob will not be in control anymore. In part, it will be as a result of their arrogance and their arrogant disregard for the community and for the procedures in this place, which have been demonstrated time and time again over the past four years.

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (10.47): That last address by the Leader of the Opposition actually provided a compelling argument for why—

MR SPEAKER: Order! The time for this discussion is concluded.

Mr Mulcahy: I am for this motion. Can I get a five-minute extension to speak, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: You need leave and I do not think you are going to get it.

Question put:

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11

Noes 6

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Burke

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Pratt

Dr Foskey

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Smyth

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stefaniak

Question so resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

Matter of public importance

Ruling by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: This morning four members of the opposition each lodged an MPI concerning the delivery of ACT government services in the community. Standing order 130 states that a matter on the notice paper must not be anticipated by a matter of public importance, an amendment or other less effective form of proceeding.

Private members’ business notice No 7 listed on today’s notice paper lodged by Mr Seselja and scheduled for debate later today also concerns matters relating to the delivery of government services to the community covering a wide range of government services such as roads, education services, housing affordability, health services, the Griffith library, Civic shopfront and the Alexander Maconochie centre.

Accordingly I have ruled that the MPIs submitted by those members are out of order, and they were not included in the ballot for today’s MPI. This decision was taken this morning and at the time of consideration I took into account standing order 130, which I mentioned earlier.

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