Page 622 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 9 March 2011

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MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: It has been pointed out that you have already spoken.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.36): Madam Assistant Speaker, this is really a matter of courtesy. If Mr Hargreaves is not ready to do his business, he should at least have the courtesy to say to members of the crossbench and the opposition, “I am not ready to do it,” so that Mr Smyth, for instance, who has carriage of the next item of business, might have some warning. The lack of courtesy is only surpassed by Mr Hargreaves’s lack of preparedness. This is an insult to the operation of the chamber.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, you have already spoken so I do not think—

Mr Hargreaves: Yes, but I can close the debate on it.


MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (3.36): Madam Assistant Speaker, I take the point that Mrs Dunne makes. I apologise profusely to those opposite for any inconvenience I have given them. I had not intended to cause any disruption. I had just assumed that the debate that we have just seen play out would have taken a considerably longer period of time and I had one or two other things I wanted to complete before doing that. It was my miscalculation. I accept that and I apologise to members opposite for it. But I seek their indulgence to merely put it off for an hour.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Auditor-General Amendment Bill 2009

Debate resumed from 24 June 2009, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Motion (by Mr Stanhope) put:

That debate be adjourned.

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.

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