Page 943 - Week 03 - Thursday, 28 February 2013

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Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Regional Development—Select Committee

Amendment to resolution

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education): I seek leave to move a motion that is circulated in my name.

Leave not granted.

Standing orders—suspension

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) (11.45): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Ms Gallagher from moving a motion to amend the resolution passed earlier today relating to the establishment of the Select Committee on Regional Development.

This motion that the Chief Minister is seeking to move today is to address issues arising from the passage of the earlier resolution of the Assembly today to establish a select committee on regional development and to clarify the process for appointment of chair. I will not go into the specifics of why the resolution is being proposed. That is a matter for the Chief Minister but I would simply say that it is necessary to clarify this matter and it would be timely to do so before the committee met and had to deal with these issues, given the deadlock between Labor and Liberal members in terms of numbers both on the floor of this place and in the committee.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.47): I have first got a question: who actually sent this around? It is not signed and dated.

Mr Corbell: It has been recirculated.

MR HANSON: We have not seen that. I have not seen that anyway. The point is that we had the debate in this place. The government sought the agreement of the opposition, which we gave in good faith. The debate we had in this place was based on the correspondence that was provided. Then what we have is, based on that debate, the government rushing in and retrospectively changing what was agreed to as part of that debate and what we agreed to with the vote of this Assembly, which was unanimous.

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