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Thursday, 16 February 2012

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Rostered ministers question time

Statement by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Before we commence I would like to make a brief statement to the Assembly. I refer to the point of order taken by Mrs Dunne during the asking of rostered ministers questions yesterday. I advise the Assembly that the practice of the Secretariat is that once rostered ministers questions are drawn by me, a copy of those questions are provided to the Assembly liaison manager for the purpose of getting ministers and their staff to commence preparing an answer. That was the only copy provided by the Secretariat yesterday.

As I indicated, the practice of the Secretariat has been that if any member seeks a copy of a rostered ministers question it will be provided. This is also the case for any notices of motion lodged, petitions tabled—only the terms, not the signatories—and the matter of public importance selected.

Mr John Hargreaves

Motion of censure

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.03): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move the motion that has been circulated in my name that calls on the Assembly to censure Mr Hargreaves for his behaviour last night and calls on the government to remove him from his position as the government whip.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: I move:

That the Assembly:

(1) notes the quite unprecedented and disgraceful attack that was made on the Tuggeranong Community Council and on other individuals by the Government Whip, Mr John Hargreaves MLA; and

(2) calls on:

(a) the Assembly to censure Mr Hargreaves for his comments about the Tuggeranong Community Council and other individuals;

(b) the ACT Government to remove Mr Hargreaves from his position as Government Whip.

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