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(3) at 3 pm on Thursday, 6 June 2013 the order of the day for resumption of debate on the question that the Appropriation Bill 2013-2014 be agreed to in principle, being called on notwithstanding any business before the Assembly and that the time limit on the speech of the Leader of the Opposition be equivalent to the time taken by the Treasurer in moving the motion “That this Bill be agreed to in principle”; and
(4) (a) questions without notice concluding at the time of interruption; or
(b) debate on any motion before the Assembly at that time being adjourned until a later hour that day.
MR COE (Ginninderra) (10.05): Madam Speaker, in speaking now, I will be seeking clarification from the Chief Minister about what the government intend to propose regarding time limits for the Leader of the Opposition and also whether they are entertaining the thought of Mr Rattenbury speaking as well, in a capacity other than would be afforded to every other member of this place.
I do note that the standing orders say that for the main Appropriation Bill the mover, the first opposition member and the first crossbench member do not have specified time limits. If that is so, that would be a step away from what has been done in the past, whereby time limits have been specified.
However, this is a unique time whereby we have Mr Rattenbury in cabinet. And given he was in cabinet, given he was in budget cabinet, we do have some objection to Mr Rattenbury being afforded, in effect, the same privilege that Mr Hanson, as Leader of the Opposition, is being afforded.
Therefore we do want to make the point that we do not think it is appropriate that Mr Rattenbury be given the same amount of time that Mr Hanson is afforded, and we ask the Chief Minister, in the absence of Minister Corbell, to clarify what her position on this issue is.
MADAM SPEAKER: Chief Minister.
Ms Gallagher: I do not want to close the debate.
Mr Coe: We will give her leave if she wants to speak again.
MADAM SPEAKER: If the Chief Minister speaks now to clarify that matter and if it is necessary for her to speak again to close the debate, the Chief Minister would need leave to close the debate. So if members are happy with that, I will give the Chief Minister the call.
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (10.07): I thank members for the leave that might need to be granted. As Mr Coe has outlined, the standing orders do provide for the first crossbench member speaking on the Appropriation Bill to have no specified time allocated. It is not covered in the motion. We were seeking to allow