Page 3868 - Week 10 - Thursday, 27 August 2009

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The Greens will not be supporting this motion today. As I said, we will be waiting for the outcome of the Gambling and Racing Commission inquiry. We expect the inquiry to be conducted in a thorough, without fear or favour, manner, which would be in keeping with the professional responsibilities of the commission. We also expect that the findings will be reported to the Assembly within a reasonable time frame.

I reiterate again what I have said last week and this week: the Greens are taking a measured step-wise approach to calling for an investigation of these very serious claims. I repeat that we will be watching this issue very closely until we have some resolution of the claims.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Burch): I call Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (4.31): Thank you, Madam Assistant Speaker. To close this—

Motion (by Mrs Dunne) put:

That debate be adjourned.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6

Noes 11

Mr Coe

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Smyth

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the negative.

It being past 30 minutes after the time for Assembly business was extended, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 77.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent the Assembly completing its consideration of notice No 3, Assembly business.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.37): I thank members for the opportunity to conclude this debate. It would have been helpful if they were going to conclude this debate for the manager of government business or the whip to have actually told the manager of opposition business or the opposition whip that that is what they were going to do. It would have saved that little bit of a problem.

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