Page 621 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 9 March 2011

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The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Ms Bresnan

Ms Hunter

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Organ and tissue donation

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (3.34): I move:

That notice No 2, Private Members’ business, relating to organ and tissue donation, be postponed until a later hour this day.

Mr Hanson: I would just ask for an explanation. The Canberra Liberals have not been consulted about this issue. Could the member advise what the rationale is for postponing this to a later hour this day?

MR HARGREAVES: The reason is that I will hopefully be in a position to actually pursue the motion. I am just a couple of moments away from that. I had made an assumption that the debate that we have just had would go longer than it did. I thought it would be a little bit more minutiae and I have a couple of other people I wish to speak to before actually pursuing the motion. I am not asking for it to be deferred to another day. I am merely asking for another hour this day. It can come on after the next motion.

Mrs Dunne: But did you tell anyone so that people were here for the next item—

MR HARGREAVES: Madam Assistant Speaker, for the benefit of those opposite, I have just got to the position where I am not—

Mr Stanhope interjecting—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): Mr Stanhope, please be quiet. Mr Hargreaves has the floor.

MR HARGREAVES: Madam Assistant Speaker, I am merely asking for the agreement of the chamber to put the matter off for one motion, but there is no mechanism for doing that. I need to say “another hour this day” and it would mean seeking the indulgence of those opposite to do it in an hour instead of right this moment.

Mr Hanson: Madam Assistant Speaker, I think it is extraordinary that we have—

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