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overnight. This is simply not the way to run a parliament. This is not the way to run an Assembly. We are not responding to an event that happened overnight and that we did not know about. So the Greens have been very clear that we would like to see this adjourned rather than have this happen right now. We simply have not had time to consider a response.

However, as I said to Mrs Dunne, I personally was totally unsure how all of this could happen from a standing orders point of view, and we have been contemplating this. People who know the standing orders and Assembly procedure better than I do have been contemplating what is the best thing to do. I gather that what seems to be the best thing to do procedurally is to have the first part of this debate—that is, Mrs Dunne speaks, but then adjourn it to a later time, because it is simply, as I said, unreasonable to expect anyone to regard this as an urgent motion because it is about a matter that has been in play before. But Mrs Dunne’s solution to it is a new solution and I think it deserves a bit more thought than can possibly be given now, given that we first knew about this less than an hour and a half ago. It is simply unreasonable to have the substantive debate now.

Question put:

That Mrs Dunne’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 5

Mr Coe

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Barr

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Rattenbury

Dr Bourke

Mr Hanson

Mr Seselja

Ms Burch

Ms Hunter

Mr Hargreaves

The Deputy Speaker declared that the motion had not been carried as an absolute majority of members had not voted in its favour as required by standing order 272.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 23

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (11.14): I present the following report:

Report 23—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2010-11, dated 31 May 2012, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings—

I move:

That the report be noted.

I am pleased to present this report 23 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Report on annual and financial reports 2010-11. In this report we were ably assisted, as the Committee Office was supplemented by Dr Michael Sloane as well as, of course, our normal Dr Andrea Cullen.

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