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pursue it. Quite frankly, it is not worth the petty, stupid debate that we would end up having in this place. That is the reason why that matter has not been pursued: there is one party in this place that is not prepared to engage in good faith on some of these basic matters on the organisation of the Assembly.

I commend the motion to members.

Question put:

That Mrs Dunne’s amendments be agreed to.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Before we proceed to the vote, members, I will draw your attention to standing order 155, which says:

A Member calling for a vote shall remain seated until after the Assembly is called and shall vote with those who, in the opinion of the Speaker, were in the minority when the voices were taken.

This is the first time, in my experience in this place, where it has happened, but Mr Hanson was one of those who called for the vote. Technically speaking, he should have remained in his seat. I ask the whips to take note of that and advise their members accordingly.

Mr Smyth: I called for the vote.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: There was a series of people who called for it, Mr Smyth, actually. I can hear it.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 3

Noes 8

Mr Coe

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mrs Dunne

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendments negatived.

Motion agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.39 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Treasury department—loan interest rate

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Treasurer. Will the Treasurer confirm that the Treasury department had, as at 30 June 2009, a loan liability of $7.8 million on which it was paying 12.57 per cent interest?

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