Page 2825 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 13 August 2013

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MADAM SPEAKER: I just read you the transcript, Dr Bourke. The transcript says—and I will repeat it:

Given that you have already misled us about the matter of a disagreement—

It is disorderly in any circumstances to accuse a member of having misled the Assembly or having misled the estimates committee. I ask you to withdraw.

Dr Bourke: I withdraw.


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 order of the day, Assembly business, relating to the Government response to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2013-2014, being called on and debated cognately with orders of the day Nos. 2 and 3, Executive business (Appropriation Bill 2013-2014 and the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2013-2014).

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Appropriation Bill 2013-2014—allotment of time

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) (10.47), by leave: I move:


(1) the total time allotted for the debate on the detail stage of the Appropriation Bill 2013-2014 be set at no more than 16 hours; and

(2) at the conclusion of the time allotted, the Speaker shall put all remaining questions on the Bill, without debate.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.48): This matter was raised in government business last week and the minister tabled a timetable that allocated certain amounts of time for each of the various lines in the budget, for instance, health, I think, got an hour. When you added them up, the timetable as presented came to 15 hours and 45 minutes. I suggested that, rather than have a set timetable, we accept that about 16 hours is probably a reasonable time to debate the budget. We will agree with the motion on the understanding that it is quite clear that it is flexible inside the timelines. But when we get to about 16 hours, it is probably reasonable to call it a day, a night or a very long week.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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