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MR CORBELL: Well, I have not finished, Mrs Dunne. Madam Assistant Speaker, the standard that Mrs Dunne is seeking to impose on all other members in this place will one day come back to bite her in the bum, and it will be a very big bite in that bum because the standard that she is seeking to impose is a very high one. In fact, in my view, it is a completely unreasonable one. And that has been recognised, of course, by the crossbenchers. They recognise what an absurd standard she is seeking to impose. The crossbenchers in this place recognise that the standard she is seeking to impose is completely unreasonable and completely impractical. I think that should be reflected on by those opposite, particularly if they are going to continue to adopt this approach. One day that standard is going to hit them so hard that they will not know what it means.
Mr Hanson: One day soon.
MR CORBELL: It will. Madam Assistant Speaker, this change is important; this amendment is important. It is important that this change takes place so that the operations of these tribunals can continue.
Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.
Sitting suspended from 12.28 to 2 pm.
Statement by Speaker
MR SPEAKER: Members, before we start question time today, there are a couple of matters that I would like to raise as Speaker. Firstly, I wish to make a statement concerning Hansard services. At a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday, 18 February, the Chair, Ms Le Couteur, suggested that I make an announcement in the chamber to encourage members of the Assembly to provide electronic copies of their speeches, questions and answers to Hansard.
All members will recall receiving a letter from the Hansard and Communications Office in December last year advising them that, when they provide electronic copies of speeches, it helps to improve the timeliness and accuracy of the Hansard record and to control the cost of production. When speeches, questions and answers are provided electronically they are still checked carefully against the audio record of proceedings to ensure that members are accurately reported. I also take this opportunity to remind members that providing Hansard with speech notes containing names and quotations also speeds up the transcription process and helps to ensure accuracy.
On that basis, I would encourage everyone to play their part in reducing costs and improving efficiency within the Secretariat by providing electronic information of your speeches where possible. An email will be sent to all members in the coming days to advise you best how to do this.