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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Leader of the Opposition

Motion of grave concern

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (10.02): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion of grave concern concerning activities in the office of the Leader of the Opposition.

MR SPEAKER: Has the motion been circulated?

MR HARGREAVES: It has been advised to the office of the opposition and the office of the Greens, and it is available for members.

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: I move the motion circulated in my name:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes with grave concern allegations that the Leader of the Opposition has failed to adhere to the Members Code of Conduct and the Enterprise Agreement under the LAMS Act 1989, section B6, Record Keeping, clauses B6.1 and B6.2 in relation to the proper acquittal of payments to and acquisition of time off in lieu (TOIL) entitlements for staff employed by him under the LAMS Act 1989;

(2) expresses its grave concern that despite repeated exhortations from the Clerk and Deputy Clerk, this pattern of behaviour continued over an extended period of nearly of two years;

(3) expresses its concern that attendance records can be compiled and submitted in bulk after nearly two years of non-compliance and that those bulk records have been certified as correct by the Leader of the Opposition;

(4) notes that:

(a) the Canberra Liberals have previously been forced to repay $10,000 in ACT Grant funding to support volunteer organisations; and

(b) Opposition Legislative Assembly staff have been counselled previously about the use of Assembly resources for party political purposes;

(5) directs the Leader of the Opposition to provide a written statement to the Assembly by close of business Thursday, 16 February 2012, answering the following questions:

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