Page 64 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 27 November 2012
MADAM SPEAKER: Is leave granted for Mr Corbell to speak again?
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (12.27): The government would not be disinclined to an adjournment. However, I understand that the issue is the establishment of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure, which needs to meet shortly to determine the order of private members’ business, Assembly business and executive members’ business. Its membership needs to be established.
Mr Hanson: It is already established.
Mr Smyth: It is under the standing orders.
MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, could you just—
MR CORBELL: I seek your guidance, Madam Speaker, but my understanding is that its membership still needs to be established and appointed. It needs to be appointed.
MADAM SPEAKER: The Clerk has confirmed my understanding of things, that the part of the motion that refers to the admin and procedure committee is superfluous, because the standing orders already establish that.
Mr Hanson interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson! It is not necessary to establish this committee. Members may wish to consider removing the reference in the motion to admin and procedure. It is superfluous. It does not really matter one way or the other. So the question becomes: do members want to adjourn this matter?
Mr Seselja: No-one has moved it yet, have they?
MADAM SPEAKER: If the debate is adjourned, I draw to your attention that there is the need to establish the committees and then have time for members to notify the Speaker, myself, of membership before the house rises today so that, for instance, the scrutiny committee can meet tomorrow. But it being almost 12.30, I could suspend for lunch and that would automatically—
Mr Corbell: That would do it.
MADAM SPEAKER: That would automatically adjourn it. Before I do that, I just remind members that we have to notify the Speaker, myself, this afternoon about membership of the committees.
Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.