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“on sitting days other than those in which private Members’ business has precedence.”

(6) Standing order 79

Omit “2 hours”, substitute “1½ hours”

(7) Standing order 118 (a)

Omit “confined”, substitute “directly relevant”

(8) Standing order 118

Insert new paragraph

“A Member who believes a response given to a question was in the form of a ministerial statement, may seek the leave of the Speaker to respond to the statement at the conclusion of Question Time for a period not exceeding five minutes.”

(9) Standing order 172

Omit “sitting”, substitute “sitting period”

(10) Proposed new standing order 254A

Request for explanation concerning government response to Committee report

254A. If a government response to a committee report has not been tabled within three months of the presentation of the report, the Chair of the committee may without notice:

(a) ask the relevant Minister for such an explanation or a statement in relation to the government response to the committee report; and

(b) the Chair may, at the conclusion of the explanation or statement, move without notice “That the Assembly takes note of the explanation”.

In the event that the Minister does not provide an explanation or statement to the satisfaction of the Chair, that Chair may, without notice, move a motion with regard to the Minister’s failure to provide a government response, or an explanation or a statement.

Today the government is outlining a range of proposals to amend the standing orders of the Assembly to have regard to the range of matters the government has agreed to in its agreement with the ACT Greens. We are pleased to put in place these important reforms to the temporary orders of the standing and temporary orders of the Assembly. They make important changes that, for the first time, reflect the fact that in this Assembly there are two opposition parties in this place. We no longer have the

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