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There could be an argument for another week, but there is really no practical place to put it as things currently stand. The proposal put forward by the Greens to have three sitting weeks in the month of May is extraordinarily difficult, and it would be extraordinarily difficult for officials in the run up to a budget.

For three years the Canberra Liberals have been calling for more sitting weeks. Ms Bresnan has pointed out the position that the Canberra Liberals have had on this. Where were the Greens on all of those occasions? On all of those occasions, they just wanted to go home early. In the same way, when you get to most sitting days they want to go home early.

They would not support the Canberra Liberals in their pursuit of more sitting weeks in off-election years. Now we are getting to this year and suddenly they have become the great proponents of more sitting times. And when they put together their proposal for more sitting times they put it in a way that shows they have little or no understanding of how government works and how the formulation of a budget works. That comes as no surprise to the Canberra Liberals. We will not be supporting this amendment.

Question put:

That Ms Bresnan’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 4

Noes 13

Ms Bresnan

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Ms Hunter

Dr Bourke

Mr Hanson

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Burch

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Ms Porter

Mr Corbell

Mr Seselja

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Mrs Dunne

Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion agreed to.

Rostered ministers question time 2012

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (12.26): I move:

That the following roster for the additional rostered Ministers’ questions be adopted for 2012:


14 February

Minister for Industrial Relations

15 February

Minister for Gaming and Racing

21 February

Minister for Police and Emergency Services

22 February

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation

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