Page 276 - Week 01 - Thursday, 29 November 2012

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Funding Pool and Administration) Bill 2012 (No 2). The bill will not be debated this morning. There are some further issues that have been brought to my attention, including through the scrutiny report.

I was advised late yesterday around the possibility for a minor amendment in accordance with the standing orders that were passed by this place during the week that did not allow for circulation within 24 hours. So I am abiding by the arrangements that have been put in in this place.

In terms of the allegations raised by the opposition that without this bill there would be no funding flow, that is not correct. I would be extremely surprised if any official had said that. The new arrangements came into place in July. I dealt with this issue in my presentation speech and we have been having ongoing discussions about the passage of this bill.

It was urgent in the sense that it is preferable to have it in place by the end of the year, but it is not—with the amendment that needs to be passed, and in accordance with the standing orders established by this place, it will be dealt with in February. It will have no material impact other than it would be preferable. The commonwealth parliament would like this to be passed this year. In the ACT parliament, which is where it has got to be passed in accordance with the procedures set out by members in this place, that is not going to be able to be achievable. So we must move to February, and we will pass it in February in accordance with the standing orders.

But, Mr Hanson, I would be very surprised whether you can come up with any evidence to say that without the passage of this bill that funding would not flow. The new funding arrangements that will come in in 2014-15 will require these arrangements to be put in place. Other jurisdictions have moved that way. It would have been preferable to have it passed but in accordance with the standing orders, that cannot be delivered as agreed while providing members with 24 hours notice for the amendment which needs to be circulated.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, I seek leave to make a brief comment.

Leave not granted.

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Seselja) put:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would enable Mr Hanson and other Members to respond to Ms Gallagher’s statement.

A call of the Assembly having commenced—

Mr Corbell interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: The division is called for. Mr Corbell, your job is not to lobby members on their vote while the division is being called.

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