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There is a clear separation between the institution of this Assembly as an institution of the state—and that is what it is—and the private, personal and individual choices of members as to whether or not they choose to profess faith. Do not suggest that it is anything else.

It is unfortunate that we have come to this point, but we have come to this point because of the refusal of the Speaker to recognise that her role is to represent not just those of faith but those who have none, and those who are ambiguous or unsure. She has failed to do so, and that is why we are forced to move this proposed resolution today.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Mr Seselja

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent notice No 3, Assembly business, relating to the referral of annual and financial reports to standing committees, being called on forthwith and debated.

Annual and financial reports

Reference to standing committees

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) (11.42): I move:


(1) the annual and financial reports for the calendar year 2012 and the financial year 2011–2012 presented to the Assembly pursuant to the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004 stand referred to the standing committees, on presentation, in accordance with the schedule below;

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