Page 945 - Week 03 - Thursday, 28 February 2013

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MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (11.53): I move:

That the resolution passed earlier today establishing a Select Committee on Regional Development be amended by inserting a new paragraph (3A):

“(3A) that a Government Member shall be elected chair of the committee;”.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker, is this the correct procedure to enable this to happen? Surely one should either reopen the previous vote or a whole new motion needs to be put forward rather than an amendment to the resolution.

Mrs Dunne: Further to the point of order, if I may, I would ask for your guidance, Madam Deputy Speaker, about whether this piece of paper that is circulated is an amendment or a motion in a form that can be accepted for debate.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you very much, Mrs Dunne. Members, this is simply a motion to amend a resolution that was passed earlier today. It clearly says that. Yes, it is in order.

Mrs Dunne: Madam Deputy Speaker, I am actually asking about the form because the words say “I move a motion to amend”. I would think that normally a member of this place would move that certain words be added or something like that. I am just asking whether the form is of a sort that can be accepted.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, it says to insert a new section. So I think that does clearly indicate what is intended by the motion before us. Ms Gallagher.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The reason I am moving this motion today is that the previous resolution was silent on the issue of a chair and it was clear from the speech given by the Leader of the Opposition in relation to the establishment of the select committee that the Liberal Party were going to treat it as a joke. In his speech, he made a lot of jokes about whether or not I had a vision in that I had to copy Kate Carnell’s vision. He also made—

Mr Hanson: I do not think that is a joke.

MS GALLAGHER: You are a joke, Mr Hanson. And he made a joke about Kate Carnell appearing as an expert witness.

Mr Coe: On a point of order.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Will you stop the clock, please, Clerk. Yes, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: Madam Deputy Speaker, I wonder whether the Chief Minister’s derogatory comment that Mr Hanson is a joke is parliamentary.

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