Page 766 - Week 02 - Thursday, 10 March 2011

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MRS DUNNE: Until you learn to treat each side equally, we will have to continue to dissent from your ruling. I commend the motion to the chamber.

Question put:

That Mrs Dunne’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 5

Noes 10

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Ms Bresnan

Ms Hunter

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Questions without notice


MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, with the question you were answering, would you prefer simply to go to the supplementary or would you like to finish?

MR STANHOPE: No. I still have some vital information to provide to members on the question.

MR SPEAKER: You have about 50 seconds remaining, Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I was informing members about the ACT government submission to the Senate committee inquiry into Bob Brown’s bill. I had made the obvious point that I do regret at one level that it was a submission that the ACT government had to make without the support of the Liberal Party. I would have much preferred that we were able as an Assembly to make a submission to the Senate committee in the way indeed the Northern Territory parliament has. But that was not to be the case.

I was explaining that the ACT government has submitted that section 35 of the self-government act is an unreasonable constraint on democracy and our rights and it should be removed. I also took the opportunity to raise other issues in relation to the self-government act, most particularly the incapacity of this Assembly to determine for itself its size—I asked the Senate committee to look at that—and also the question of our—(Time expired.)

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, a supplementary question?

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, would you like to conclude the answer to the first part, given the amount of disruption to everybody’s mind that we have just been through, and can you please acquaint the

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